Other primates don’t seem to share their own desires and intentions with others, which leads to a lack of cooperation in a lot of domains.
Sharing might be the defining characteristic of being human. We are also very good at learning from others. The problem, however, is that we lack the proper filters and are largely unaware of how easily we are influenced by other people.
From falling prey to expectations to taking advice from friends, an understanding of our cognitive evolution helps us avoid misperceiving the limits of our knowledge.
Dr. Laurie Santos is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University. Her research provides an interface between evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, and cognitive neuroscience, exploring the evolutionary origins of the human mind by comparing the cognitive abilities of human and non-human primates. Her experiments focus on non-human primates (in captivity and in the field), incorporating methodologies from cognitive development, animal learning psychology, and cognitive neuroscience.