Rational tool use and tool choice in human infants and great apes.

@article{Buttelmann2008RationalTU,
  title={Rational tool use and tool choice in human infants and great apes.},
  author={David Buttelmann and Malinda Carpenter and Josep Call and Michael Tomasello},
  journal={Child development},
  year={2008},
  volume={79 3},
  pages={
          609-26
        }
}
G. Gergely, H. Bekkering, and I. Király (2002) showed that 14-month-old infants imitate rationally, copying an adult's unusual action more often when it was freely chosen than when it was forced by some constraint. This suggests that infants understand others' intentions as rational choices of action plans. It is important to test whether apes also understand others' intentions in this way. In each of the current 3 studies, a comparison group of 14-month-olds used a tool more often when a… CONTINUE READING
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