The Mentalities of Gorillas and Orangutans: Comparative Perspectives

The Mentalities of Gorillas and Orangutans: Comparative Perspectives

by Sue Taylor Parker, Robert W. Mitchell, H. Lyn Miles
     
 

This volume aims to complete the picture of hominoid cognition bringing together the work on gorillas and orangutans and setting it in comparative perspective. This book's introductory chapters set the evolutionary context for comparing cognition in gorillas and orangutans to that of chimpanzees, bonobos and humans. The remaining chapters focus primarily on the kinds… See more details below

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This volume aims to complete the picture of hominoid cognition bringing together the work on gorillas and orangutans and setting it in comparative perspective. This book's introductory chapters set the evolutionary context for comparing cognition in gorillas and orangutans to that of chimpanzees, bonobos and humans. The remaining chapters focus primarily on the kinds and levels of intelligence displayed by orangutans and gorillas compared to other great apes, including performances in the classic domains of tool use and tool making, imitation, self awareness, social communication, and symbol use.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521031936
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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Table of Contents

List of contributorsvii
Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
IComparative evolutionary and developmental perspectives on gorillas and orangutans
1Hominid family values: morphological and molecular data on relations among the great apes and humans3
2The life history and development of great apes in comparative perspective43
3The frontal lobes of the great apes with a focus on the gorilla and the orangutan70
IICognition and tool use in gorillas and orangutans
4Intelligent tool use in wild Sumatran orangutans99
5Orangutans' imitation of tool use: a cognitive interpretation117
6Object manipulation and skill organization in the complex food preparation of mountain gorillas147
7Development of sensorimotor intelligence in infant gorillas: the manipulation of objects in problem-solving and exploration160
8Tool use in captive gorillas179
9A survey of tool use in zoo gorillas188
IIICommunication in gorillas and orangutans
10Symbolic communication with and by great apes197
11The development of spontaneous gestural communication in a group of zoo-living lowland gorillas211
12Early sign-language acquisition: comparisons between children and gorillas240
13Early sign performance in a free-ranging, adult orangutan265
IVSocial cognition in gorillas and orangutans
14Comparative aspects of mirror self-recognition in great apes283
15Deception and concealment as strategic script violation in great apes and humans295
16Levels of imitation and cognitive mechanisms in orangutans316
17Parental encouragement in Gorilla in comparative perspective: implications for social cognition and the evolution of teaching342
18The development of social roles in the play of an infant gorilla and its relationship to sensorimotor intellectual development367
VEpilogue
19The mentalities of gorillas and orangutans in phylogenetic perspective397
Index of authors412
Index of subjects416

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