Explaining human cognitive autapomorphies

Suddendorf, Thomas (2008) Explaining human cognitive autapomorphies. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31 2: 147-148. doi:10.1017/S0140525X08003737


Author Suddendorf, Thomas
Title Explaining human cognitive autapomorphies
Journal name Behavioral and Brain Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0140-525X
1469-1825
Publication date 2008-04-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1017/S0140525X08003737
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 147
End page 148
Total pages 2
Editor B.L. Finlay
P. Bloom
Place of publication Cambridge; New York
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
060309 Phylogeny and Comparative Analysis
CX
Abstract The real reason for the apparent discontinuity between human and nonhuman minds is that all closely related hominids have become extinct. Nonetheless, I agree with Penn et al. that comparative psychology should aim to establish what cognitive traits humans share with other animals and what traits they do not share, because this could make profound contributions to genetics and neuroscience. There is, however, no consensus yet, and Penn et al.'s conclusion that it all comes down to one trait is premature.
Keyword Psychology, Biological
Behavioral Sciences
Neurosciences
Psychology
Behavioral Sciences
Neurosciences & Neurology
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
NEUROSCIENCES
PSYCHOLOGY, BIOLOGICAL
Q-Index Code CX
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This article is an open peer commentary

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Editorial
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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