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Primate Neuroethology$
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Michael Platt and Asif Ghazanfar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.001.0001

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Evolution of an Intellectual Mind in the Primate Brain

Evolution of an Intellectual Mind in the Primate Brain

(p.615) Chapter 30 Evolution of an Intellectual Mind in the Primate Brain
Primate Neuroethology

Atsushi Iriki

Yumiko Yamazaki

Osamu Sakura

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews neurophysiological studies of how primates learn to extend their actions with tools. It shows that learning to use tools modifies not only the response properties of neurons involved in motor planning and sensory-motor transformation, but also their anatomical connections. Moreover, tool learning prepares and adapts the primate brain to learn more complex combinatorial tool use techniques. Tool use learning in primates may provide the scaffolding upon which other more complex aspects of cognition are built.

Keywords:   tool use, primate brain, motor planning, sensory motor skills, primate cognition

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