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The Domestication of Social Cognition in Dogs
TLDR
It is found that wolves who were raised by humans do not show these same skills, whereas domestic dog puppies only a few weeks old, even those that have had little human contact, do show these skills.
Humans Have Evolved Specialized Skills of Social Cognition: The Cultural Intelligence Hypothesis
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Supporting the cultural intelligence hypothesis and contradicting the hypothesis that humans simply have more “general intelligence,” it is found that the children and chimpanzees had very similar cognitive skills for dealing with the physical world but that theChildren had more sophisticated cognitive skills than either of the ape species for dealingWith the social world.
Human-like social skills in dogs?
Chimpanzees know what conspecifics do and do not see
TLDR
It is suggested that chimpanzees know what conspecifics can and cannot see, and, furthermore, that they use this knowledge to devise effective social-cognitive strategies in naturally occurring food competition situations.
Do chimpanzees know what conspecifics know?
TLDR
Chimpanzees know what conspecifics have and have not seen (do and do not know), and that they use this information to devise effective social-cognitive strategies.
The evolution of self-control
TLDR
It is suggested that increases in absolute brain size provided the biological foundation for evolutionary increases in self-control, and implicate species differences in feeding ecology as a potential selective pressure favoring these skills.
Survival of the Friendliest: Homo sapiens Evolved via Selection for Prosociality
  • B. Hare
  • Psychology, Biology
    Annual review of psychology
  • 4 January 2017
TLDR
In reviewing comparative, developmental, neurobiological, and paleoanthropological research, compelling evidence emerges for the predicted relationship between unique human mentalizing abilities, tolerance, and the domestication syndrome in humans.
Five primate species follow the visual gaze of conspecifics
TLDR
Individuals from five primate species were tested experimentally for their ability to follow the visual gaze of conspecifics to an outside object, and individuals from all species reliably followed the gaze of ConspecificS.
Spontaneous Altruism by Chimpanzees and Young Children
TLDR
Experimental evidence that chimpanzees perform basic forms of helping in the absence of rewards spontaneously and repeatedly toward humans and conspecifics is reported, indicating that chimpanzees share crucial aspects of altruism with humans and suggesting that the roots of human altruism may go deeper than previous experimental evidence suggested.
Chimpanzees Recruit the Best Collaborators
TLDR
Recognizing when collaboration is necessary and determining who is the best collaborative partner are skills shared by both chimpanzees and humans, so such skills may have been present in their common ancestor before humans evolved their own complex forms of collaboration.
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