What Young Chimpanzees Know about Seeing

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Does a young chimpanzee's gaze subjectively link it to the outside world? Is seeing "about" something to this species? This volume reports the results of fifteen studies conducted with chimpanzees and preschool children. The findings provide little evidence that young chimpanzees understand seeing as a mental event. Even though young chimps spontaneously attend to and follow the visual gaze of others, they simultaneously appear oblivious to the attentional significance of that gaze. This interpretation is ...
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Overview

Does a young chimpanzee's gaze subjectively link it to the outside world? Is seeing "about" something to this species? This volume reports the results of fifteen studies conducted with chimpanzees and preschool children. The findings provide little evidence that young chimpanzees understand seeing as a mental event. Even though young chimps spontaneously attend to and follow the visual gaze of others, they simultaneously appear oblivious to the attentional significance of that gaze. This interpretation is consistent with three different possibilities: chimpanzees may experience a delay in psychological development; alternatively, they may possess a different theory of attention, connected subjectively through other behavioral indicators; or the subjective understanding of visual perception may only be present in humans.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780226676753
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Abstract
I Reconstructing the Evolution of Psychological Development 1
II Understanding Visual Perception 17
III Understanding Who Can See You: Preliminary Investigations 25
IV Understanding Who Can See You: Further Investigations 67
V Assessing Validity with Young Children 106
VI Conclusions 120
Appendix 141
References 143
Acknowledgments 152
Commentary: On Not Understanding Minds 153
Commentary: Chimpanzee Social Cognition 161
Reply: Growing Up Ape 174
Contributors 190
Statement of Editorial Policy 191
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