[Neuroscience] Chimps Have a Theory of Mind?

John Hasenkam via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by johnh from goawayplease.com)
Tue Apr 1 04:42:36 EST 2008

So now we find that chimps have a "theory of mind", this concept typically 
invoked when describing symptoms of autism(ie. autistics lack it). Does that 
mean there are autistic chimps? King Kong?

Perhaps this is one for Joseph Campbell, he might have something to say 
about theory of mind. After all, he was the whiz kid in mythology.

Who's Bad? Chimps Figure It Out By Observation

Who's Bad? Chimps Figure It Out By Observation


ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2008) - Chimpanzees make judgments about the actions 
and dispositions of strangers by observing others' behavior and interactions 
in different situations. Specifically, chimpanzees show an ability to 
recognize certain behavioral traits and make assumptions about the presence 
or absence of these traits in strangers in similar situations thereafter. 
These findings are by Dr. Francys Subiaul - from the George Washington 
University in Washington DC - and his team.

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