Communicating with the Great Apes

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1. Is language the exclusive domain of humans? Rene Descartes a. Animals are different, even insane humans can put sentences together, animals can’t 2. Samual Pepys a. I do believe that it already understands much English; and I am of the mind it might be taught to speak or make signs…. .// in regards to some animals 3. Neural requirements for language a. Brain size (>500 cc?) b. Brain laterality 4. Brain language areas a. Broca’s and Wernickes’s b. They’re not missing the brain anatomy, so it must be something else that prevents formal language 5. Anatomical structure of throat and tongue muscles a. Pharynx and larynx went down lower into throat with evolution 6. Extended period of postnatal maturation a. Human brain 24% of adult size at birth b. Monkey and chimp brain 60% of adult size 7. Human brain and energy a. 87% of energy at birth b. 64% at 2 years c. 44% at 5 years d. 25% at adult
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8. Keith and Kathy Hayes with Vicki in the 1940’s a. Attempts at verbal language were a failure
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course PYSCHOLOGY 450 taught by Professor Coe during the Spring '10 term at Wisconsin.

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