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Tools of engagement: Information seeking in chimpanzees

  • Victoria L. Templer
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Summary

Two widely studied and impressive cognitive feats in nonhuman animals, metacognition and tool use, both require the cognitive tools of monitoring and controlling knowledge states and adaptive actions toward desirable outcomes. In a recent study, Perdue, Evans, and Beran (PLoS ONE, 13(4), e0193229, 2018) found that some chimpanzees used tools to selectively acquire information and make inferences, indicating metacognitive awareness and appropriate use of tools depending on the content of those knowledge states.

Keywords

Metacognition Tool use Comparative cognition 

References

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentProvidence CollegeProvidenceUSA

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