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Use of social information in the problem solving of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) and human children (Homo sapiens).

Publication ,  Journal Article
Call, J; Tomasello, M
Published in: Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983)
September 1995

Fourteen juvenile and adult orangutans and 24 3- and 4-year-old children participated in 4 studies on imitative learning in a problem-solving situation. In all studies a simple to operate apparatus was used, but its internal mechanism was hidden from subjects to prevent individual learning. In the 1st study, orangutans observed a human demonstrator perform 1 of 4 actions on the apparatus and obtain a reward; they subsequently showed no signs of imitative learning. Similar results were obtained in a 2nd study in which orangutan demonstrators were used. Similar results were also obtained in a 3rd study in which a human encouraged imitation from an orangutan that had previously been taught to mimic arbitrary human actions. In a 4th study, human 3- and 4-year-old children learned the task by means of imitation.

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Published In

Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983)

DOI

EISSN

1939-2087

ISSN

0735-7036

Publication Date

September 1995

Volume

109

Issue

3

Start / End Page

308 / 320

Related Subject Headings

  • Species Specificity
  • Social Environment
  • Social Behavior
  • Psychomotor Performance
  • Problem Solving
  • Pongo pygmaeus
  • Motivation
  • Mental Recall
  • Male
  • Imitative Behavior
 

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Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (1995). Use of social information in the problem solving of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) and human children (Homo sapiens). Journal of Comparative Psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983), 109(3), 308–320. https://doi.org/10.1037/0735-7036.109.3.308
Call, J., and M. Tomasello. “Use of social information in the problem solving of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) and human children (Homo sapiens).Journal of Comparative Psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983) 109, no. 3 (September 1995): 308–20. https://doi.org/10.1037/0735-7036.109.3.308.
Call J, Tomasello M. Use of social information in the problem solving of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) and human children (Homo sapiens). Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, DC : 1983). 1995 Sep;109(3):308–20.
Call, J., and M. Tomasello. “Use of social information in the problem solving of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) and human children (Homo sapiens).Journal of Comparative Psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983), vol. 109, no. 3, Sept. 1995, pp. 308–20. Epmc, doi:10.1037/0735-7036.109.3.308.
Call J, Tomasello M. Use of social information in the problem solving of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) and human children (Homo sapiens). Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, DC : 1983). 1995 Sep;109(3):308–320.

Published In

Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983)

DOI

EISSN

1939-2087

ISSN

0735-7036

Publication Date

September 1995

Volume

109

Issue

3

Start / End Page

308 / 320

Related Subject Headings

  • Species Specificity
  • Social Environment
  • Social Behavior
  • Psychomotor Performance
  • Problem Solving
  • Pongo pygmaeus
  • Motivation
  • Mental Recall
  • Male
  • Imitative Behavior