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Chimpanzee Social Cognition in Early LifeComparative–Developmental Perspective

Masaki Tomonaga, Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi, Yuu Mizuno, Sanae Okamoto-Barth, Masami K. Yamaguchi, Daisuke Kosugi, Kim A. Bard, Masayuki Tanaka and Tetsuro Matsuzawa

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition

Second edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195392661
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195392661.013.0043

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Chimpanzee Social Cognition in Early LifeComparative–Developmental Perspective

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This chapter briefly reviews how potentially cultural traits are identified in wild populations, including how new techniques are making it easier to trace the spread of behaviors. It then focuses on how social learning can be tested in captivity, specifically addressing how a comparative approach might help highlight important differences between humans and chimpanzees, our closest living relatives. It concludes with a discussion about what directions the future might hold for the study of social learning and culture in primates.

Keywords: cultural traits; social learning; chimpanzees; primates; culture

Article.  6082 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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