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Tool Use and Causal Cognition
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Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Teresa McCormack, Christoph Hoerl, and Stephen Butterfill


What cognitive abilities underpin the use of tools, and how are tools and their properties represented or understood by tool-users? Does the study of tool use provide us with a unique or distinctive source of information about the causal cognition of tool-users? Tool use is a topic of major interest to all those interested in animal cognition, because it implies that the animal has knowledge of the relationship between objects and their effects. There are countless examples of animals developing tools to achieve some goal — chimps sharpening sticks to use as spears, bonobos using sticks to fis ... More

Keywords: tools, tool-users, animal cognition, animals, problem-solving, planning, action, perception, tool use

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199571154
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Teresa McCormack, editor
Professor of Developmental Psychology, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Christoph Hoerl, editor
Associate Professor (Reader) in Philosophy, University of Warwick, UK

Stephen Butterfill, editor
Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Warwick, UK

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