Continuity of the conceptual system across species
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Format: Journal Article
Sources ID: 23044
Zotero Collections: Contexts of Contemplation Project
In a recent neuroimaging study of macaque monkeys, Gil-da-Costa and colleagues reported that a distributed circuit of modality-specific properties represents macaques' conceptual knowledge of social situations. The circuit identified shows striking similarities to analogous circuits in humans that represent conceptual knowledge. This parallel suggests that a common architecture underlies the conceptual systems of different species, although with additional systems extending human conceptual abilities significantly.