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Baboons Have Voice And Communication But Not The "Theory Of Mind" To Understand How Their Communications Will Affect Others

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February 29, 2000
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Researchers studying the behavior of animals in their natural environment have long heard the calls of animals separated from their group and what was assumed were call-backs from the group to reassure the lost member. But, new research based on the field work of husband and wife team, Drew Rendall, Ph.D., and Karen Rendall, Ph.D., suggests that what were assumed to be "call-backs" were actually more call outs from other lost members of the group and that even mother baboons do not call back to their infants when the latter are lost and cry out.

(Washington, DC) --- Researchers studying the behavior of animals in their natural environment have long heard the calls of animals separated from their group and what was assumed were call-backs from the group to reassure the lost member. But, new research based on the field work of husband and wife team, Drew Rendall, Ph.D., and Karen Rendall, Ph.D., suggests that what were assumed to be "call-backs" were actually more call outs from other lost members of the group and that even mother baboons do not call back to their infants when the latter are lost and cry out.


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American Psychological Association. "Baboons Have Voice And Communication But Not The "Theory Of Mind" To Understand How Their Communications Will Affect Others." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 29 February 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/02/000229075141.htm>.
American Psychological Association. (2000, February 29). Baboons Have Voice And Communication But Not The "Theory Of Mind" To Understand How Their Communications Will Affect Others. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/02/000229075141.htm
American Psychological Association. "Baboons Have Voice And Communication But Not The "Theory Of Mind" To Understand How Their Communications Will Affect Others." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/02/000229075141.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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