The Emergence of Social Cognition in Three Young Chimpanzees by Michael TomaselloThe Emergence of Social Cognition in Three Young Chimpanzees by Michael Tomasello

The Emergence of Social Cognition in Three Young Chimpanzees

byMichael Tomasello, Malinda CarpenterCommentaries byR. Peter Hobson

Paperback | March 11, 2005

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This Monograph reports a series of ten studies on the social-cognitive abilities of three young chimpanzees, ages to four years.

  • Compares outcomes to similar studies conducted on human infacts for a comparative understanding.
  • Looks at chimpanzees' abilities to understand and imitate goal-directed actions.
  • Results suggest that the ontogeny of human social cognition comprises two relatively distinct trajectories: one for understanding intentional action and perception, common to all apes, and another for sharing psychological states with others in collaborative acts involving joint intentions and attentions, unique to the human species.
Michael Tomasello (Ph.D., 1980, Psychology, University of Georgia) taught at Emory University and worked at Yerkes Primate Center from 1980 to 1998. Since 1998, he is Co-Director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. Research interests focus on processes of social cognition, social learning, a...
Title:The Emergence of Social Cognition in Three Young ChimpanzeesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9 × 6.1 × 0.35 inPublished:March 11, 2005Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1405147261

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Table of Contents

Abstract vii.

I. Introduction 1.

II. The Emergence of Social Cognition: A Longitudinal Study 29.

III. Understanding Intentional Action 46.

IV. Understanding Perception and Attention 73.

V. Joint Intentions and Attention 92.

VI. General Discussion 107.

References 123.

Acknowledgements 132.

Commentary- Social Engagement and Understanding in Chimpanzees and Humans.

R. Peter Hobson 133.

Contributors 153.

Statement of Editorial Policy 154