Chimpanzees are more skilful in competitive than in cooperative cognitive tasks

  title={Chimpanzees are more skilful in competitive than in cooperative cognitive tasks},
  author={Brian Hare and Michael Tomasello},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
In a series of four experiments, chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes, were given two cognitive tasks, an object choice task and a discrimination task (based on location), each in the context of either cooperation or competition. In both tasks chimpanzees performed more skilfully when competing than when cooperating, with some evidence that competition with conspecifics was especially facilitatory in the discrimination location task. This is the first study to demonstrate a facilitative cognitive… CONTINUE READING
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