Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Heyes, C. M.: Theory of mind in nonhuman primates

Mirrors and radical behaviorism: Reflections on C. M. Heyes

Gordon G. Gallup Jr. a1
a1 Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY 12222


Heyes's attempt to reinterpret research on primate cognition from the standpoint of radical behaviorism is strong on dialogue and debate but weak on evidence. Recent evidence concerning self-recognition, for example, shows that her arguments about differential recovery from anesthetization and species differences in face touching as alternative accounts of the behavior of primates in the presence of mirrors) are invalid.