Continuity of the conceptual system across species

Trends Cogn Sci. 2005 Jul;9(7):309-11. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2005.05.003.


In a recent neuroimaging study of macaque monkeys, Gil-da-Costa and colleagues reported that a distributed circuit of modality-specific properties represents macaques' conceptual knowledge of social situations. The circuit identified shows striking similarities to analogous circuits in humans that represent conceptual knowledge. This parallel suggests that a common architecture underlies the conceptual systems of different species, although with additional systems extending human conceptual abilities significantly.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Brain / anatomy & histology
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Concept Formation / physiology*
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods
  • Humans
  • Neural Pathways / physiology*
  • Species Specificity