October/November Update

October seems to have flown by – and here’s what we did as part of the project:

Regular meetings

We started our meetings in October with a session on causality. Amanda Seed provided us with an overview of current research in children, non-human primates, and birds. We will continue to discuss this topic in another session in November.

The other topic that captured our interest during this month was the distinction between explicit and implicit. This distinction has a long history in psychological research, mainly on topics like memory, perception, and social processes, but has recently featured prominently in Theory of Mind Research. Together we looked at different research areas that feature the implicit-explicit distinction, and discussed one of the first empirical papers that used non-verbal/implicit measures on a False Belief Task (Clements and Perner, 1994 – available here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0885201494900124)


Empirical Work at Living Links, Edinburgh

All our paperwork has been cleared, and we are very happy to announce the start of our first empirical project at the Living Links Research Centre. Our task now is to acquaint ourselves with the two groups of monkeys – with nearly 40 monkeys overall this is no easy task.

If you’d like to find out more about Living Links and the on-going research at the centre, check out their blog here: http://www.living-links.org


Visit from Aidan McGlynn

Aidan McGlynn from Philosophy Department at the University of Edinburgh has kindly agreed to visit us in December. Aidan will talk to us about Knowledge First epistemology, and how this notion is or is not relevant for thinking about the minds of nonverbal creatures.


Café Scientifique in Edinburgh Zoo

Why are there no chimpanzee space stations? – if that question has been lingering on your mind recently, you can join us for a Café Scientifique session at Edinburgh Zoo. Amanda Seed will provide a tentative answer to this question, as well as further explore the question of what makes us human primates unique.



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