Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Primate Cognition

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

As the cognitive revolution was slow to come to the study of animal behavior, the vast majority of what we know about primate cognition has been discovered in the last 30 years. Building on the recognition that the physical and social worlds of humans and their living primate relatives pose many of the same evolutionary challenges, programs of research have established that the most basic cognitive skills and mental representations that humans use to navigate those worlds are already possessed by other primates. There may be differences between humans and other primates, however, in more complex cognitive skills, such as reasoning about relations, causality, time, and other minds. Of special importance, the human primate seems to possess a species-unique set of adaptations for "cultural intelligence,'' which are broad reaching in their effects on human cognition.

Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-419
Number of pages13
JournalTopics in Cognitive Science
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

    Research areas

  • Primates, Cognition, Culture, Causality, Theory of mind, MONKEYS CEBUS-APELLA, CHIMPANZEES PAN-TROGLODYTES, CHILDREN HOMO-SAPIENS, ORANGUTANS PONGO-PYGMAEUS, HUMAN INTENTIONAL ACTION, MACACA-MULATTA, RHESUS-MONKEYS, YOUNG-CHILDREN, GREAT APES, OBJECT INDIVIDUATION

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Why preen others? Predictors of allopreening in parrots and corvids and comparisons to grooming in great apes

    Picard, A. M., Mundry, R., Auersperg, A. M., Boeving, E. R., Boucherie, P. H., Bugnyar, T., Dufour, V., Emery, N. J., Federspiel, I. G., Gajdon, G. K., Guéry, J-P., Hegedič, M., Horn, L., Kavanagh, E., Lambert, M. L., Massen, J. J. M., Rodrigues, M. A., Schiestl, M., Schwing, R., Szabo, B. & 5 others, Taylor, A. H., van Horik, J. O., von Bayern, A. M. P., Seed, A. & Slocombe, K. E., 16 Dec 2019, In : Ethology. Early View

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Establishing an infrastructure for collaboration in primate cognition research

    Altschul, D. M., Beran, M. J., Bohn, M., Call, J., DeTroy, S., Duguid, S. J., Egelkamp, C. L., Fichtel, C., Fischer, J., Flessert, M., Hanus, D., Haun, D. B. M., Haux, L. M., Hernandez-Aguilar, R. A., Herrmann, E., Hopper, L. M., Joly, M., Kano, F., Keupp, S., Melis, A. P. & 12 others, Motes Rodrigo, A., Ross, S. R., Sánchez-Amaro, A., Sato, Y., Schmitt, V., Schweinfurth, M. K., Seed, A. M., Taylor, D., Voelter, C. J., Warren, E., Watzek, J. & on behalf of Many Primates, 24 Oct 2019, In : PLoS One. 14, 10, 19 p., e0223675.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Cooperation in children

    Slocombe, K. E. & Seed, A. M., 3 Jun 2019, In : Current Biology. 29, 11, p. R470-R473 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related by journal

  1. Contrasting the Social Cognition of Humans and Nonhuman Apes: The Shared Intentionality Hypothesis

    Call, J., Apr 2009, In : Topics in Cognitive Science. 1, 2, p. 368-379 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Just How Joint Is Joint Action in Infancy?

    Carpenter, M., Apr 2009, In : Topics in Cognitive Science. 1, 2, p. 380-392 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ID: 15421549

Top