The representation of tool use in humans and monkeys: common and uniquely human features.

@article{Peeters2009TheRO,
  title={The representation of tool use in humans and monkeys: common and uniquely human features.},
  author={Ronald Peeters and Luciano Simone and Koen Nelissen and Maddalena Fabbri-Destro and Wim Vanduffel and Giacomo Rizzolatti and Guy A. Orban},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2009},
  volume={29 37},
  pages={11523-39}
}
Though other species of primates also use tools, humans appear unique in their capacity to understand the causal relationship between tools and the result of their use. In a comparative fMRI study, we scanned a large cohort of human volunteers and untrained monkeys, as well as two monkeys trained to use tools, while they observed hand actions and actions performed using simple tools. In both species, the observation of an action, regardless of how performed, activated occipitotemporal… CONTINUE READING
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