Cognitive Development in Chimpanzees

  • Tetsuro Matsuzawa
  • Masaki Tomonaga
  • Masayuki Tanaka

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVI
  2. Introduction to Cognitive Development in Chimpanzees

  3. Behavioral and Physical Foundation

  4. Communication and Mother-Infant Relationship

  5. Social Cognition: Imitation and Understanding Others

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. James R. Anderson, Tetsuro Matsuzawa
      Pages 233-245

About this book

Introduction

From an evolutionary perspective, understanding chimpanzees offers a way of understanding the basis of human nature. This book on cognitive development in chimpanzees is the first of its kind to focus on infants reared by their own mothers within a natural setting, illustrating various aspects of chimpanzee cognition and the developmental changes that accompany them. The subjects of this book are chimpanzees of three generations inhabiting an enriched environment as well as a wild community in West Africa; and phenomena such as face recognition, concept formation, object manipulation, tool manufacture and use, decision making, learning, communication, self-awareness, intentionality, understanding others’ minds, cooperation, deception, altruism, and reciprocity observed within these groups are reported herein. Unique approaches both in the field and in the laboratory go hand in hand to illustrate the cognitive world of our closest living evolutionary relatives.

Keywords

Culture Memory attention behavior cognition cortex development evolution information processing ontogeny primates

Editors and affiliations

  • Tetsuro Matsuzawa
    • 1
  • Masaki Tomonaga
    • 1
  • Masayuki Tanaka
    • 1
  1. 1.Primate Research InstituteKyoto UniversityInuyama, AichiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/4-431-30248-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Tokyo 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-30246-9
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-30248-3