Culture Prefigures Cognition in Pan/Homo Bonobos

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Published 06-09-2005
Sue SAVAGE-RUMBAUGH William M. FIELDS Par SEGERDAHL

Abstract

This article questions traditional approaches to the study of primate cognition. Because of a widespread assumption that cognition in non-human primates is genetically encoded, these approaches neglect how profoundly apes' cultural rearing experiences affect test results. We describe how three advanced cognitive abilities – imitation, theory of mind and language – emerged in bonobos maturing in a Pan/Homo culture.

How to Cite

SAVAGE-RUMBAUGH, S., M. FIELDS, . W., & SEGERDAHL, P. (2005). Culture Prefigures Cognition in Pan/Homo Bonobos. THEORIA, 20(3), 311–328. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.565
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Keywords

primate cognition, imitation, theory of mind, language, culture, ethnography.

Section
MONOGRAPHIC SECTION