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Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Teresa McCormack, Christoph Hoerl, and Stephen Butterfill (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199571154
eISBN:
9780191731259
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

What cognitive abilities underpin the use of tools, and how are tools and their properties represented or understood by tool-users? Does the study of tool use provide us with a unique or distinctive ... More


The Comparative Neuropsychology of Tool Use in Primates with Specific Reference to Chimpanzees and Capuchin Monkeys

William D. Hopkins

in Primate Neuroethology

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195326598
eISBN:
9780199864904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.003.0029
Subject:
Psychology, Neuropsychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter reviews behavioral and neurobiological data on tool use in primates. It shows that great apes, in particular chimpanzees, excel at tool use—especially generalizing principles to new ... More


Evolution of an Intellectual Mind in the Primate Brain

Atsushi Iriki, Yumiko Yamazaki, and Osamu Sakura

in Primate Neuroethology

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195326598
eISBN:
9780199864904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.003.0030
Subject:
Psychology, Neuropsychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter reviews neurophysiological studies of how primates learn to extend their actions with tools. It shows that learning to use tools modifies not only the response properties of neurons ... More


The Development of Human Tool Use Early in Life

Marissa L. Greif and Amy Needham

in Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199571154
eISBN:
9780191731259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter examines the emergence of tool use in human children. It describes two different perspectives on tool use — the perception-action view and the conceptual view — and advocates for a view ... More


Tool Use and the Representation of Peripersonal Space in Humans

Charles Spence

in Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199571154
eISBN:
9780191731259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

One of the questions currently vexing researchers is whether peripersonal space is better conceptualized as being extended or as being projected following tool use? It may turn out that the answer to ... More


Why Do Language Use and Tool Use Both Count as Manifestations of Intelligence?

John Campbell

in Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199571154
eISBN:
9780191731259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Language and tool use seem to be equally fundamental as manifestations of intelligence, but neither depends on the other. This chapter proposes that there are structural parallels between ... More


Tool Use and Causal Cognition: An Introduction

Teresa McCormack, Christoph Hoerl, and Stephen Butterfill

in Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199571154
eISBN:
9780191731259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter begins with a discussion on the study of tool use in order to understand causal cognition. It argues that tool use studies reveal the most basic type or causal understanding being put to ... More


Human Tool Use: A Causal Role in Plasticity of Bodily and Spatial Representations

Lucilla Cardinali, Claudio Brozzoli, Francesca Frassinetti, Alice C. Roy, and Alessandro Farnè

in Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199571154
eISBN:
9780191731259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Behind the complex phenomenon of the phylogenetic development of tool use and its potential causal implication for higher forms of cognition, there are important ‘lower level’ aspects of cognition ... More


Children’s Use of Objects in Exploration, in Play, and as Tools

Anthony D. Pellegrini

in The Role of Play in Human Development

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195367324
eISBN:
9780199894185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367324.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter describes the different forms of object use (i.e. exploration, construction, play, and tool use) in childhood, and then establishes time budgets, where data exist, for each of these ... More


Effects of Brain Damage on Human Tool Use

Georg Goldenberg

in Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199571154
eISBN:
9780191731259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter begins by questioning how the human brain accommodates man's outstanding capacity for creating and using tools. The review of impaired tool use following brain damage demonstrated that, ... More


Toward a folk physics for chimpanzees

Daniel J. Povinelli

in Folk Physics for Apes: The Chimpanzee's theory of how the world works

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780198572190
eISBN:
9780191584978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198572190.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter addresses some difficult theoretical issues which, up to this point, have been gingerly sidestepped. First, it offers an account of how chimpanzees interpret the interactions between the ... More


When all you need is one

Marian Stamp Dawkins

in Observing Animal Behaviour: design and analysis of quantitative data

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198569350
eISBN:
9780191717512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569350.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

Sometimes single observations, such as the sighting of an animal thought to be extinct, or a chimpanzee making tools, are enough to change forever the way people think about the world. This chapter ... More


What Is Challenging About Tool Use? The Capuchin's Perspective

Elisabetta Visalberghi and Dorothy Fragaszy

in Comparative Cognition: Experimental Explorations of Animal Intelligence

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780195377804
eISBN:
9780199848461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377804.003.0028
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Tool use has been linked to intelligence; the emergence of tools in human history is thought to reflect the evolution of human intelligence. Apart ... More


Orangutan cultures revisited

Carel P. van Schaik, Marc Ancrenaz, Reniastoeti Djojoasmoro, Cheryl D. Knott, Helen C. Morrogh-Bernard, Nuzuar Odom Kisar, S. Suci Utami Atmoko, and Maria A. van Noordwijk

in Orangutans: Geographic Variation in Behavioral Ecology and Conservation

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199213276
eISBN:
9780191707568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213276.003.0021
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

Recent comparative work has claimed the presence of socially transmitted behavioral innovations, ranging from tool use to sounds produced during nest building, i.e. culture, among wild orangutans. ... More


Cognitive Adaptations for Tool-Related Behavior in New Caledonian Crows

Alex Kacelnik, Jackie Chappell, Ben Kenward, and Alex A. S. Weir

in Comparative Cognition: Experimental Explorations of Animal Intelligence

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780195377804
eISBN:
9780199848461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377804.003.0027
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

New Caledonian crows, spiders, and robots use and can construct objects outside their own body (“tools”) to act on the outside world toward ... More


Diversity of tool use and tool-making in wild chimpanzees

Christophe Boesch and Hedwige Boesch

in The Use of Tools by Human and Non-human Primates

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198522638
eISBN:
9780191688652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198522638.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Genetic aspects are important for explaining why primates use tools more frequently and for more tasks than any other zoological order. However, the importance of non-genetic factors is best revealed ... More


A Philosopher Looks at Tool Use and Causal Understanding

James Woodward

in Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199571154
eISBN:
9780191731259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter presents a kind of typology of different sorts of abilities that might be associated with the notion of causal understanding, the acquisition of causal beliefs, causally informed action ... More


Understanding how things work

Richard Byrne

in The Thinking Ape: Evolutionary Origins of Intelligence

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198522652
eISBN:
9780191688676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198522652.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

An understanding of mechanical function, of cause and effect between physical events, is called in everyday language ‘understanding how things work’. This can include knowledge of object properties, ... More


Representing Causality

Christopher Peacocke

in Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199571154
eISBN:
9780191731259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

What is it to represent a relation as causal? The question has a wide interdisciplinary significance. The question itself has been at the centre of philosophical discussion from Hume onward; it is ... More


Tool use in a South American monkey species: an overview of the characteristics and limits of tool use in Cebus apella

Elisabetta Visalberghi

in The Use of Tools by Human and Non-human Primates

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198522638
eISBN:
9780191688652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198522638.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Tool use in captive Cebus is supported by a broad behavioural repertoire, curiosity, and a long-lasting enthusiastic interest in objects. The prehension abilities of capuchins include good manual ... More


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