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The Mind of the Chimpanzee

Ecological and Experimental Perspectives

Understanding the chimpanzee mind is akin to opening a window onto human consciousness. Many of our complex cognitive processes have origins that can be seen in the way that chimpanzees think, learn, and behave. The Mind of the Chimpanzee brings together scores of prominent scientists from around the world to share the most recent research into what goes on inside the mind of our closest living relative.

Intertwining a range of topics—including imitation, tool use, face recognition, culture, cooperation, and reconciliation—with critical commentaries on conservation and welfare, the collection aims to understand how chimpanzees learn, think, and feel, so that researchers can not only gain insight into the origins of human cognition, but also crystallize collective efforts to protect wild chimpanzee populations and ensure appropriate care in captive settings. With a breadth of material on cognition and culture from the lab and the field, The Mind of the Chimpanzee is a first-rate synthesis of contemporary studies of these fascinating mammals that will appeal to all those interested in animal minds and what we can learn from them.

464 pages | 144 halftones, 31 line drawings, 19 tables | 8 1/2 x 11 | © 2010

Biological Sciences: Behavioral Biology, Biology--Systematics, Physiology, Biomechanics, and Morphology, Tropical Biology and Conservation

Cognitive Science: Human and Animal Cognition


“An ideal introduction for those interested in contemporary primatological research exploring the chimpanzee mind.”

Matthew V. Caruana | South African Archaeological Bulletin

Table of Contents

Jane Goodall
1 The Chimpanzee Mind: Bridging Fieldwork and Laboratory Work
Tetsuro Matsuzawa
Part I. Cognitive Mechanisms
2 Early Social Cognition in Chimpanzees
Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi
3 Using an Object Manipulation Task as a Scale for Comparing Cognitive
Development in Chimpanzees and Humans
Misato Hayashi
4 Do the Chimpanzee Eyes Have It?
Masaki Tomonaga
5 Understanding the Expression and Classification of Chimpanzee Facial Expressions
Lisa A. Parr
6 Behavioral and Brain Asymmetries in Chimpanzees
William D. Hopkins, Jared Taglialatela, David A. Leavens, Jamie L. Russell, and Steven J. Schapiro
7 Trapping the Minds of Apes: Causal Knowledge and Inferential Reasoning about Object-Object Interactions
Josep Call
Part II. Tool Use and Culture
8 A Coming of Age for Cultural Panthropology
Andrew Whiten
9 The Cultural Mind of Chimpanzees: How Social Tolerance Can Shape the Transmission of Culture
Victoria Horner
10 How Are Army Ants Shedding New Light on Culture in Chimpanzees?
Tatyana Humle
11 The Complexity of Chimpanzee Tool-Use Behaviors
Crickette M. Sanz and David B. Morgan
12 Tools, Traditions, and Technologies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Chimpanzee Nut Cracking
Dora Biro, Susana Carvalho, and Tetsuro Matsuzawa
13 Ubiquity of Culture and Possible Social Inheritance of Sociality among Wild Chimpanzees
Michio Nakamura
14 New Theaters of Conflict in the Animal Culture Wars: Recent Findings from Chimpanzees
W. C. McGrew
Part III. Social Minds: Ecological Perspectives
15 Chimpanzee Minds in Nature
John C. Mitani, Sylvia J. Amsler, and Marissa E. Sobolewski
16 Vocal Communication in Chimpanzees
Katie Slocombe and Klaus Zuberbühler
17 The Function and Cognitive Underpinnings of Post-Conflict Affiliation in Wild Chimpanzees
Roman M. Wittig
18 The Role of Intelligence in Group Hunting: Are Chimpanzees Different from Other Social Predators?
Ian C. Gilby and Richard C. Connor
Part IV. Social Minds: Empirical Perspectives
19 Chimpanzee Social Cognition
Michael Tomasello and Josep Call
20 Intentional Communication and Comprehension of the Partner’s Role in Experimental Cooperative Tasks
Satoshi Hirata, Naruki Morimura, and Koki Fuwa
21 Collaboration and Helping in Chimpanzees
Alicia P. Melis, Felix Warneken, and Brian Hare
22 Inequity and Prosocial Behavior in Chimpanzees
Sarah F. Brosnan
23 The Need for a Bottom-Up Approach to Chimpanzee Cognition
Frans B. M. de Waal
Part V. Ethics, Care, and Conservation
24 How Cognitive Studies Help Shape Our Obligation for the Ethical Care of Chimpanzees
Stephen R. Ross
25 Positive Reinforcement Training, Social Learning, and Chimpanzee Welfare
Jaine E. Perlman, Victoria Horner, Mollie A. Bloomsmith, Susan P. Lambeth, and Steven J. Schapiro
26 Chimpanzee Orphans: Sanctuaries, Reintroduction, and Cognition
Benjamin B. Beck
27 Human-Chimpanzee Competition and Conflict in Africa: A Case Study of Coexistence in Bossou, Republic of Guinea
Kimberley J. Hockings
28 Chimpanzee Mind, Behavior, and Conservation
Elizabeth V. Lonsdorf
Afterword: Meanings of Chimpanzee Mind
Richard Wrangham
Appendix: Major Chimpanzee Research Sites

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