Developmental learning of tool use in human and animal babies: inherited, social and environmental influences.

Abstract : Flexible tool use is an advanced skill present in both humans and several non-human animals such as some primate and bird species, but very little is known about how it develops in these disparate organisms. Each system needs to develop this competence by a combination of heritable or pre-designed traits that do not only depend on experience, and abilities that advance as a function of learning and experience. Over the last decade, a few developmental studies have started addressing this issue, both in human infants and infants of non-human species. Here, I review the available data from both the developmental literature and some of my own work that address the inherited, experience-based and social factors influencing the emergence of tool use in several species. I further suggest experimental methods and perspectives that may serve as a basis for future research.
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Lauriane Rat-Fischer. Developmental learning of tool use in human and animal babies: inherited, social and environmental influences.. Annales de la Fondation Fyssen, Fondation Fyssen, 2017, Annales de la Fondation Fyssen, 30, pp.88. ⟨hal-02326879⟩

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