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Great Apes and Human Development: A Personal History


Tomasello,  Michael       
Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Max Planck Society;

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Tomasello, M. (2018). Great Apes and Human Development: A Personal History. Child Development Perspectives, 12(3), 189-193. doi:10.1111/cdep.12281.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0002-050B-D
In this article, I recount my history of research with great apes. From the beginning, the idea was to compare apes to human children, with an eye to discovering
facts relevant to describing and explaining processes of human development. The research went through three more or less distinct stages, focusin g on communication
and s ocial learning, social cognition and theory of mind, and cooperation and shared intentionality. I conclude by identifying problems and prospects for comparative
research in developmental psychology.