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Apes, Monkeys, Children, and the Growth of Mind (Developing Child)

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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. Attempts to teach language to chimpanzees, as well as studies of the quality of some primate vocal communication in the wild, make a powerful case that primates have a natural capacity for relatively sophisticated communication, and considerable power to learn when humans teach them.

Gomez concludes that for all cognitive psychology's interest in perception, information-processing, and reasoning, some essential functions of mental life are based on ideas that cannot be explicitly articulated. Nonhuman and human primates alike rely on implicit knowledge. Studying nonhuman primates helps us to understand this perplexing aspect of all primate minds.

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In this fascinating introduction to the study of primate minds, 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.

About the Author

Juan Carlos Gomez is Lecturer in Psychology at St. Andrew's University, Scotland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674022393
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Author:
Gomez, Juan Carlos
Author:
Dr. Juan Carlos Gomez
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Developmental - Child
Subject:
Developmental - General
Subject:
Psychology-Child Psychology
Subject:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental/General
Subject:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Developing Child
Series Volume:
47
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 line illustrations
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 5 x 1 in

Related Subjects

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Science and Mathematics » Biology » Primatology

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"Synopsis" by , In this fascinating introduction to the study of primate minds, 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.
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