Goal attribution in chimpanzees

Claudia Uller, Shaun Nichols

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Does the chimpanzee attribute goals to others? Recent infant studies using the looking time measure have been interpreted as evidence that human infants attribute goals. An experiment modeled on these studies was carried out on chimpanzees, and the chimpanzees responded the way infants do. This indicates that chimpanzees also attribute goals and hence that this capacity is not distinctively human. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)B27-B34
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 14 2000


  • Comparative cognition
  • Goal attribution
  • Theory of mind

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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