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The importance of comparative psychology for developmental science [Review Article]


Haun,  Daniel B. M.
Comparative Cognitive Anthropology, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK;
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany;

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Liebal, K., & Haun, D. B. M. (2012). The importance of comparative psychology for developmental science [Review Article]. International Journal of Developmental Science, 6, 21-23. doi:10.3233/DEV-2012-11088.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-1FE1-1
The aim of this essay is to elucidate the relevance of cross-species comparisons for the investigation of human behavior and its development. The focus is on the comparison of human children and another group of primates, the non-human great apes, with special attention to their cognitive skills. Integrating a comparative and developmental perspective, we argue, can provide additional answers to central and elusive questions about human behavior in general and its development in particular: What are the heritable predispositions of the human mind? What cognitive traits are uniquely human? In this sense, Developmental Science would benefit from results of Comparative Psychology.