Chimpanzee Theory of Mind: Looking in All the Wrong Places?

Mind and Language 20 (5):521-536 (2005)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
: I respond to an argument presented by Daniel Povinelli and Jennifer Vonk that the current generation of experiments on chimpanzee theory of mind cannot decide whether chimpanzees have the ability to reason about mental states. I argue that Povinelli and Vonk's proposed experiment is subject to their own criticisms and that there should be a more radical shift away from experiments that ask subjects to predict behavior. Further, I argue that Povinelli and Vonk's theoretical commitments should lead them to accept this new approach, and that experiments which offer subjects the opportunity to look for explanations for anomalous behavior should be explored.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
ANDCTO-3
Revision history
Archival date: 2019-03-26
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Does the Chimpanzee Have a Theory of Mind?Premack, David & Woodruff, G.

View all 19 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Linguistic Practice and False-Belief Tasks.van Cleave, Matthew & Gauker, Christopher

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index
2017-02-23

Total views
149 ( #26,573 of 50,123 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
36 ( #17,352 of 50,123 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.