Kristin's research focuses on the nature of social cognition, and examines human social relations and the relationships among, and between, animals of different species. She has published on chimpanzee mindreading, animal belief, normativity in nonhuman animals, the methodology of animal cognition research, and on the ethical implications of the cognitive, cultural, social, and emotional lives of other animals. She is the author of the Stanford Encyclopedia entry on animal cognition.
Do Apes Read Minds? Toward a New Folk Psychology
MIT Press, 2012
Human apes are thought to be extraordinary mindreaders, knowing just what others think and desire. But perhaps instead, they, like their nonhuman cousins, are skilled at reading others not by knowing the contents of their minds, but by understanding others as people located in a rich social and cultural history.
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The Animal Mind. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Animal Cognition.
Routledge, 2015 (Forthcoming)
Scrub jays experienced in theft hide food from potential thieves, but naive jays don't. Dogs can learn the names of hundreds of objects. Dolphins modify their signature whistles depending on whom they are currently aligned with. Trout would rather be shocked than to be alone. The natural capacities of nonhuman animals can help us to better understand the nature of thought, reason, emotion, and the scope of social and cultural relations.