CARLA KRACHUN, B.A. (Memorial), M.A., Ph.D. (Carleton)
Phone: (709)637-6200 ext. 6604
Introductory Psychology, Animal Behavior, Social Cognition, Learning, Biological Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, Evolutionary Psychology
My main area of interest is social cognition in nonhuman animals. Research to date has focused mainly on chimpanzees and how much they understand about their own and others’ mental states. In particular, I’ve looked at chimpanzees’ ability to recognize when they or others are experiencing false mental states, such as false beliefs or mistaken perceptions. I’m also interested in animal welfare and human-animal interactions, and I’m currently doing a survey on property-owners’ attitudes towards tenants with pets. Plans for the future involve studies on social behavior and cognition in domestic dogs.
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.