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What is Machiavellian intelligence?

Primates adapted for social manipulation


What is connoted with Machiavellian intelligence?

Deviousness, plotting, exploitation, etc.


What is deception?

Exploits others ability to read your behavior in ways that promote misinterpretation


Give an example of hard wired deception.

Eyespots on butterflies


What about deception suggests cognitive skill?

When it is flexibly used


What interactions have led to MI model of primate cognitive evolution?

Social tool use and deception


How are evolution and MI related?

May select for counter deception, selects for better deception, etc.
I.e. Evolutionary arms race or ratchet that selects for more complex cognition


What are some examples of tactile deception in primates?

1. move out of sight of dominant that might interfere before mating, eating, etc.
2. look/move away from object of interest "feign" indifference poss to distract/move competitor away
3. during aggression, sub gives (false) predator alarm call that shifts everyone's priorities/actions


What sort of primates is tactile research compiled most on?

Old World Primates


What is funny/unique about cases of social tool use? (what do they involve?)

insincere acts by user, exploiting tool to influence target


Why is it useful to use tactile deception to mask eyes?

across phyla, predict direction of movement, leading edge of animals


What did the "friendly trainer" and "mean trainer" experiment test for?

competitive manipulation of attention


What was the procedure of the "friendly trainer" and "mean trainer" experiment test?

1. subject watches as experimenter hides a treat in one of many opaque, out of reach containers
2. experimenter leaves, trainer who does not know location of treat enters
3. "friendly" trainer will share treat when found, "unfriendly trainer" will eat it in front of animal


What were the results of the "friendly trainer" and "mean trainer" experiment test?

1. Many chimps and some cebus will orient and reach to baited container in presence of friendly trainer
2. also soon suppress response to container in presence of unfriendly trainer
3. few also come to overtly "misdirect" unfriendly toward unbaited container


What questions were raised about how much deceivers know about what they are doing after the "friendly trainer" and "mean trainer" experiment test?

Does deceiver have a Theory of Mind about what its actions are causing others to believe?


What is Theory of Mind (ToM)?

capacity to attribute mental states to oneself and others


What experiment by Premack and Woodruff (1978) was performed on Sarah to test ToM?

tested if sarah could interpret tape of trainer with a problem and pick a photo of the solution


What were the results of the Premack and Woodruff (1978) study on Sarah and ToM?

Interpret: Subject must understand trainer's goal
(But may have just picked own desired outcome) => didn't like trainer, pick the wrong one


What experiment was done on human children to test ToM?

false belief task


Why is a Fission Fusion society important for ToM and MI?

sets up similar differential access to information
-posses selects for covert competitors and counter deception


How are deception and evolution related?

-evolution may select for counter-deception, selects for better deception, etc.
-i.e. evolutionary "arms" race or "ratchet" that selections for more complex cognition


(True/False): All deception is ToM based.

FALSE; not all


What did Povinelli et al 1990 do to test ToM?

"Guesser vs. Knower" design
chimps, not macaques, learned that trainer present during baiting was best indicator of food
-tested with "Guesser" present but with bucket over head so couldn't see baiting, etc.


What were the results of Povinelli et al (1990) test?

required many trials (no first trial success), so not clear what features they learned to use
-did not seem to come to task prepared to solve it


What are the problems with ToM account?

falsifiable? how to rule out alternative explanations?


What are different explanations to why primate would hide from dominant male before mating?

1. Prevent target from knowing, since if he knows he'll interfere (ToM)
2. Prevent target from seeing, since if he sees, he will interfere? (=ToM)
3. Prevent yourself from seeing Target's face, since when you can, you predict he'll interferes?
4. Avoid stress of possible eye contact with intimidating Target so can relax for sex? (need parasympathetic to have sex)


How did an embodied approach to social cognition change how people create experiments compared to before?

change from trying to prove/disprove ToM to

identifying relevant behaviors and contexts involved
i.e. looking at what they're doing


If we examine MI interactions closely, they almost always involve ________

the manipulation of attention

ex: video -> Connie and Laurie = feigning indifference


What were the results when primates had EEGs while they were looking at a face that turned 180 degrees?

STS 80-100 degrees neurons start to respond eyes = most attended aspect of primate face


What are cortical cells (Gaze cells)?

primates have these; respond to head and eye direction