ERIC Number: EJ1145699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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Reference Count: 20
The Importance of Comparative Psychology for Developmental Science
Liebal, Katja; Haun, Daniel B. M.
International Journal of Developmental Science, v6 n1-2 p21-23 2012
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.
Descriptors: Developmental Psychology, Comparative Analysis, Experimental Psychology, Thinking Skills, Primatology, Children, Brain, Cognitive Processes, Evolution, Foreign Countries
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