Unformatted text preview: intellect and increases the likelihood of survival. Much like the aforementioned theories, Van Schaik also identifies the social lifestyle as a main contributor to primate intelligence. However, he places emphasis on the social learning process as a part of primate culture that most profoundly affects the evolution of intelligence. In his article “Why are some animals so smart,” the author suggests that closer proximity among members of a primate group ultimately provides more opportunity for individual innovation, observation and learning. Thus, Van Schaik’s theory links deeper social connectedness with greater intelligence in primates....
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- Spring '10
- Psychology, van schaik, Megan Emrick ANT, Machiavellian intelligence hypothesis