CARLA KRACHUN, B.A. (Memorial), M.A., Ph.D. (Carleton)
Phone: (709)637-6200 ext. 6604
Introductory Psychology, Animal Behavior, Biological Psychology, Cognitive Development, Evolutionary Psychology, Social Cognition and Learning
My main research area is comparative cognition, comparing the social cognitive abilities of humans and nonhuman primates. I have worked mostly with preschool children and chimpanzees to search for similarities and differences in their understanding of their own and others’ mental states (known as ‘theory of mind’). A secondary area of interest is human-animal interactions, including our perceptions of, and attitudes about, the animals with whom we share our lives.
Lurz, R., Kanet, S., & Krachun, C. (2014). Animal mindreading: a defense of optimistic agnosticism. Mind and Language, 29, 428-454.
Lurz, R., & Krachun, C. (2011). How could we know whether nonhuman primates understand others’ internal goals and intentions? Solving Povinelli’s problem. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 2, 449-481.
Krachun, C., Carpenter, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2010). A new change-of-contents false belief test: Children and chimpanzees compared. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 23, 145-165.
Krachun, C., & Call, J. (2009). Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) know what can be seen from where. Animal Cognition, 12, 317-331.
Krachun, C., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2009). Can chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) discriminate appearance from reality? Cognition, 112, 435-450.
Krachun, C., Carpenter, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2009). A competitive nonverbal false belief task for children and apes. Developmental Science, 12, 521-535.