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What Young Chimpanzees Know about Seeing
     

What Young Chimpanzees Know about Seeing

by Daniel J. Povinelli (Editor), Timothy J. Eddy (Editor)
 

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

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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 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:
09/28/1996
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.48(d)

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