Ape and human cognition: What's the difference?

Michael Tomasello*, Esther Herrmann

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Humans share the vast majority of their cognitive skills with other great apes. In addition, however, humans have also evolved a unique suite of cognitive skills and motivations-collectively referred to as shared intentionality-for living collaboratively, learning socially, and exchanging information in cultural groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-8
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Directions In Psychological Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010


  • Apes
  • Cognition
  • Cooperation
  • Culture
  • Evolution

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