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Richard Moore

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PhD Philosophy, Warwick

Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

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Research interests:

I'm interested in the nature of communication, its cognitive prerequisites, and in the continuities and discontinuities that exist between the communicative abilities of non-human great apes, human infants and human adults.

Issues on which I'm currently working include:

  • the intentional structure of communication;
  • the contrasting motives with which non-human great apes and humans communicate;
  • gestural communication;
  • linguistic conventions, and the cognitive requirements for participating in them; and
  • social learning, including imitation.

I'm a philosopher by training, but also run empirical studies designed to shed light on these issues.


PhD thesis:

Learning to Do Things with Words (unpublished) [pdf]