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Trends Cogn Sci. 2005 Jul;9(7):309-11.

Continuity of the conceptual system across species.

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Department of Psychology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. barsalou@emory.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
15951226
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2005.05.003
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