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Title: Behaviour and cognition in captive Bornean orangutans : an ecological and comparative study of Bornean orangutan cognition in captivity
Author: Citrynell, Pamela Jill
ISNI:       0000 0004 2671 2567
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2008
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The study of orangutan cognition is significant to understanding the connection between human intellectual qualities and that of non-human great apes, In their isolated position as the last existing link to the Asian Hominidae lineage and the first to depart from our clade's common ancestry, orangutans may hold the key to the evolution of our own behavioural adaptations. By using a hierarchy of species appropriate Piagetian type developmental tasks supported by theories of evolutionary cognitive expansion we place orangutans in a broader phylogenetic developmental level. Each of the experimental chapters is examining a small piece of hierarchal intelligence allowing us to see how captive orangutans can be tested for their ability to form concepts by achieving increasing levels of spatial awareness, representational, classification, seriation and transitive skills.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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