Motor planning in primates.

Daniel J. Weiss, Kate M. Chapman, Jason D. Wark, David A. Rosenbaum

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Vaesen asks whether goal maintenance and planning ahead are critical for innovative tool use. We suggest that these aptitudes may have an evolutionary foundation in motor planning abilities that span all primate species. Anticipatory effects evidenced in the reaching behaviors of lemurs, tamarins, and rhesus monkeys similarly bear on the evolutionary origins of foresight as it pertains to tool use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Weiss, D. J., Chapman, K. M., Wark, J. D., & Rosenbaum, D. A. (2012). Motor planning in primates. The Behavioral and brain sciences, 35(4).