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Title: Which Primates Recognize Themselves in Mirrors?
Author(s): Anderson, James
Gallup Jr, Gordon G
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Keywords: Primates Behavior
Cognition in animals
Primates Psychology
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2011
Date Deposited: 13-Feb-2012
Citation: Anderson J & Gallup Jr GG (2011) Which Primates Recognize Themselves in Mirrors?. PLoS Biology, 9 (3), p. e1001024.
Abstract: Interest in the comparative study of mirror self-recognition persists because of the implications for self-awareness and the possibility of a cognitive divide among primates. Evidence from many studies carried out over 40 years shows that humans and great apes are distinguished from other nonhuman primates by their capacity for self-recognition. We review some recent developments in the field, with critical reference to claims that monkeys show self-recognition. Focusing on methodological issues, we conclude that there is no compelling evidence for mirror self-recognition in any non-ape primate species.
DOI Link: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001024
Rights: Citation: Anderson JR, Gallup GG Jr (2011) Which Primates Recognize Themselves in Mirrors? PLoS Biol 9(3): e1001024. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001024; Copyright: © 2011 Anderson, Gallup Jr. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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