Behavior-Reading versus Mentalizing in Animals
Carruthers (Peter) & Fletcher (Logan)
Source: J. Metcalfe and H. Terrace (eds.), Agency and Joint Attention. OUP, 2013
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  1. This chapter evaluates the debate between behavior-rule and mindreading accounts of the abilities of some nonhuman animals. (Although the evidence concerns canids and corvids in addition to primates, we focus on the latter.)
  2. We show that although the data are by no means conclusive, they presently favor a mindreading account, suggesting that simple forms of mentalizing are quite prevalent among highly social creatures outside of the hominin line.


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