Chimpanzee social cognition in early life: comparative-developmental perspective

Masaki Tomonaga*, Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi, Yuu Mizuno, Sanae Okamoto-Barth, Masami K. Yamaguchi, Daisuke Kosugi, Kim A. Bard, Masayuki Tanaka, Tetsuro Matsuzawa

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter briefly reviews how potentially cultural traits are identified in wild populations, including how new techniques are making it easier to trace the spread of behaviors. It then focuses on how social learning can be tested in captivity, specifically addressing how a comparative approach might help highlight important differences between humans and chimpanzees, our closest living relatives. It concludes with a discussion about what directions the future might hold for the study of social learning and culture in primates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968701
ISBN (Print)9780195392661
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2012


  • Chimpanzees
  • Cultural traits
  • Culture
  • Primates
  • Social learning


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