Primates including humans live in societies where individuals sustain relationships, whether emotional or utilitarian, in order to accomplish functions that would otherwise be impossible. Participation is such groups that can be very complex requires advanced learning methods in order to be able to perceive oneself and others in these relationships.
Some of the behaviours emerging from this learning are imitation and insight. Imitation involves observing the actions of another and mimicking them. Insight is an understanding of a cause and effect in a given situation. This gorilla is playing on a Nintendo DS.
Primates including humans form social groups based on a few distinguished models based on the size of the group and relationships between members: single female and her offspring, monogamous family group, polyandrous family group, one-male-several-female…