Simpler for evolution: Secondary representation in apes, children, and ancestors

Suddendorf, Thomas (1998) Simpler for evolution: Secondary representation in apes, children, and ancestors. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Great apes show behavioural evidence for secondary representation similar to that of children of about two years of age. However, there is no convincing evidence for metarepresentation in apes. A good evolutionary interpretation should be parsimonious and must bring developmental and comparative data in accord. I propose a model based on the work of Perner (1991) and close by pointing out a logical flaw in Heyes’ second proposed experiment.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Additional Information:Commenatry on C.M. Heyes' target article: Theory of mind in nonhuman primates. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 21, 131.
Subjects:Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Biology > Ethology
Biology > Primatology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Biology > Animal Behavior
Biology > Animal Cognition
Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Comparative Psychology
ID Code:2614
Deposited By: Suddendorf, Thomas
Deposited On:19 Nov 2002
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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