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Authors
  • Brosnan, Sarah F1
  • 1 Departments of Psychology and Philosophy, Neuroscience Institute, Language Research Center, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA. [email protected] , (Georgia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Learning & behavior
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
48
Issue
4
Pages
395–396
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3758/s13420-020-00439-0
PMID: 32754822
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Understanding the distribution of and mechanisms underlying prosocial behavior in other species has been hampered by methodological differences among studies, questions about animals' interpretations of the designs, and low phylogenetic diversity. Brucks and von Bayern's recent report that African gray parrots are proactively prosocial reiterates the importance of social tolerance and suggests a role for perspective taking, but additional work using identical procedures across taxa is needed to verify the cognitive mechanisms underpinning prosocial behavior.

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