The importance of development for comparative primatology

Bard, Kim A and Leavens, David A (2014) The importance of development for comparative primatology. Annual Review of Anthropology, 43. pp. 183-200. ISSN 0084-6570

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It is a truism to say that primates develop, but important to acknowledge that development occurs across many domains, including motor behavior, socio-emotional behavior, communication, and cognition. In this review, we focus on those aspects of development that impact social cognition outcomes in infancy. Triadic engagements, such as those of joint attention, cooperation, and intentional communication, develop in the first year of life in chimpanzees and humans. Hominoids are strongly influenced by experiences during early development, especially those that are foundational for these coordinated triadic engagements. Purported species differences in triadic engagements are highlighted in current evolutionary theories of primate social cognition, but conclusions about species differences are unfounded when development is ignored. Experimental designs must match, control, or systematically vary developmental experiences in cross-species comparisons. There is an urgent need to revise evolutionary theories of primate social cognition with appropriate considerations of development, across species and across cultures.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0660 Comparative psychology. Animal and human psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0712 Developmental psychology Including infant psychology, child psychology, adolescence, adulthood
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Depositing User: David Leavens
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2014 12:18
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2014 08:43
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