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What can the study of young monkeys and apes tell us about the minds of young humans? In this fascinating introduction to the study of primate minds, Juan Carlos Gomez identifies evolutionary resemblances - and differences - between human children and other primates. He argues that primate minds are best understood not as fixed collections of specialized cognitive capacities, but more dynamically, as a range of abilities that can surpass their original adaptations. In a lively overview of a distinguished body of cognitive developmental research among nonhuman primates, Gomez looks at knowledge of the physical world, causal reasoning (including the chimpanzee-like errors that human children make), and the contentious subjects of ape language, theory of mind, and imitation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674022393
ISBN-10: 0674022394
Format: Paperback
(225mm x 136mm x 23mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Juan Carlos Gomez

Juan Carlos Gomez is Lecturer in Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.