Mental rehearsal in great apes (Pan troglodytes and Pongo pygmaeus) and children.

@article{Dunbar2005MentalRI,
  title={Mental rehearsal in great apes (Pan troglodytes and Pongo pygmaeus) and children.},
  author={Robin I M Dunbar and Matthew McAdam and Sanjida O'connell},
  journal={Behavioural processes},
  year={2005},
  volume={69 3},
  pages={323-30}
}
The ability to rehearse possible future courses of action in the mind is an important feature of advanced social cognition in humans, and the "social brain" hypothesis implies that it might also be a feature of primate social cognition. We tested two chimpanzees, six orangutans and 63 children aged 3-7 years on a set of four puzzle boxes, half of which were presented with an opportunity to observe the box before being allowed to open it ("prior view"), the others being given without an… CONTINUE READING

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