Spontaneous innovation for future deception in a male chimpanzee.

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The ability to invent means to deceive others, where the deception lies in the perceptually or contextually detached future, appears to require the coordination of sophisticated cognitive skills toward a single goal. Meanwhile innovation for a current situation has been observed in a wide range of species. Planning, on the one hand, and the social cognition required for deception on the other, have been linked to one another, both from a co-evolutionary and a neuroanatomical perspective. Innovation and deception have also been suggested to be connected in their nature of relying on novelty.

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  • Zoology
  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere36782
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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