International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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ISSN: 2319-7064


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Review Papers | Biological Sciences | Mexico | Volume 6 Issue 9, September 2017


A Review: Psychophysiology of Tool Use in Non-Human Primates

Manuel Alejandro Cruz-Aguilar [2] | Miguel Angel Guevara [2] | Marisela Hernandez-Gonzalez [2] | Ignacio Ramrez-Salado | Francisco Garcia-Orduna


Abstract: The main aim of this work was to conduct a systematic review of the scientific contributions to understanding the psychophysiological mechanisms related to tool use in non-human primates. Results showed that the tool use is observed in several species of non-human primates, which use tools to obtain food, even sequentially. In macaque and human species, it has been observed prefronto-parietal circuit activation. The intrinsic properties of this circuit are linked to the tool use in primates. Specific activation in the parietal lobe observed in humans could be a recent evolutionary feature in the primate order.


Keywords: executive functions, primates, evolution, brain, tool use


Edition: Volume 6 Issue 9, September 2017,


Pages: 1989 - 1997


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