Intentional deception in primates

  title={Intentional deception in primates},
  author={Frans B. M. de Waal},
  journal={Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues},
  • F. D. de Waal
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues
Deception can be defined as the projection, to one's own advantage, of an inaccurate or false image of knowledge, intentions, or motivations. A great many scientists have reported the use of deception by nonhuman primates. Their accounts have been based on observations of primates in close contact with people, in captive groups, and in the wild. Qualitative descriptions are presented along with experimental evidence for the phenomenon. The accumulated evidence is quite suggestive, implying… 
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