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Rational tool use and tool choice in human infants and great apes.

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Buttelmann, D; Carpenter, M; Call, J; Tomasello, M
Published in: Child development
May 2008

G. Gergely, H. Bekkering, and I. Király (2002) showed that 14-month-old infants imitate rationally, copying an adult's unusual action more often when it was freely chosen than when it was forced by some constraint. This suggests that infants understand others' intentions as rational choices of action plans. It is important to test whether apes also understand others' intentions in this way. In each of the current 3 studies, a comparison group of 14-month-olds used a tool more often when a demonstrator freely chose to use it than when she had to use it, but apes generally used the tool equally often in both conditions (orangutans were an exception). Only some apes thus show an understanding of others' intentions as rational choices of action plans.

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Child development

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EISSN

1467-8624

ISSN

0009-3920

Publication Date

May 2008

Volume

79

Issue

3

Start / End Page

609 / 626

Related Subject Headings

  • Videotape Recording
  • Tool Use Behavior
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Reward
  • Psychology, Child
  • Psychological Tests
  • Motivation
  • Male
  • Intention
 

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Buttelmann, D., Carpenter, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2008). Rational tool use and tool choice in human infants and great apes. Child Development, 79(3), 609–626. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01146.x
Buttelmann, David, Malinda Carpenter, Josep Call, and Michael Tomasello. “Rational tool use and tool choice in human infants and great apes.Child Development 79, no. 3 (May 2008): 609–26. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01146.x.
Buttelmann D, Carpenter M, Call J, Tomasello M. Rational tool use and tool choice in human infants and great apes. Child development. 2008 May;79(3):609–26.
Buttelmann, David, et al. “Rational tool use and tool choice in human infants and great apes.Child Development, vol. 79, no. 3, May 2008, pp. 609–26. Epmc, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01146.x.
Buttelmann D, Carpenter M, Call J, Tomasello M. Rational tool use and tool choice in human infants and great apes. Child development. 2008 May;79(3):609–626.
Journal cover image

Published In

Child development

DOI

EISSN

1467-8624

ISSN

0009-3920

Publication Date

May 2008

Volume

79

Issue

3

Start / End Page

609 / 626

Related Subject Headings

  • Videotape Recording
  • Tool Use Behavior
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Reward
  • Psychology, Child
  • Psychological Tests
  • Motivation
  • Male
  • Intention