Human Evolutionary Sciences (HES)

Frank Batiste

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Lee Cronk

Research Interests: I am studying Theory of Mind (ToM) as an evolutionary basis for human sociality. My dissertation research will be focusing on the extent to which ToM is dependent on language. That is, do variations in language--structure, use & vocabulary--translate to differences in ToM abilities accross cultures? Also, I am interested in the extent to which ToM is independent of language: what core components of ToM do we share with chimpanzees and other non-human primates?