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Koko the Gorilla - a Critical Thinking Exercise

rdutta
Commenter

Great spark to initiate a discussion on the definition of "culture" in a cultural psych course and whether animals have culture and transmit culture. Thank you.

Admin
Admin

Interesting point Ranjana. I never thought of the koko issue as a cultural one. But I see your point - assuming koko is capable of communicating in sign language in advanced ways, can she transmit culture to other apes....?

Audrey_Wick
Valued Contributor

What neat teaching ideas! Great resources and engagement. 

Scott_Crawford
Contributor

In statistics you have to have a null hypothesis:

H0: the Gorilla is speaking

or

H0: The gorilla is mimicking without understanding

 

And then gather data to either support the null or disprove it.  This is a great example of getting data that lands somewhere in the middle, and whether it convinces you to change your mind is a measure of how much proof it would take for you to switch (your personal alpha level).  I love it.