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June 26, 2020 - Haaretz

How Do Apes Think? This Scientist Is Trying to Get Into Animals' Heads

How Do Apes Think? This Scientist Is Trying to Get Into Animals' Heads
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Chimps have been observed hiding objects in order to throw them at people later, but some gorillas are unable to identify themselves in a mirror. Tel Aviv University Prof. David Eilam talks about the sharp scientific debate over 'theory of mind' in animals

You’re a zoologist, but your area of research sounds like it’s a little less conventional. Tell me something about what you do.

I study cognition in animals, a field which, I am very happy to say, has been constantly developing in recent years. My work primarily deals with the organization of behavior in space and time: how an animal actually knows where it is and where it is going.

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