Reinterpreting behavior: A human specialization?

D. Povinelli, J. Barth

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Abstract

Tomasello et al. argue that the ?small difference that made a big difference? in the evolution of the human mind was the disposition to share intentions. Chimpanzees are said to understand certain mental states (like intentions), but not share them. We argue that an alternative model is better supported by the data: the capacity to represent mental states (and other unobservable phenomena) is a human specialization that co-evolved with natural language.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)712-713
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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