Brain game: the cognitive loop when we hide presents | Daniel Glaser

Knowing you are not being observed involves complex cognition, says Daniel Glaser

In homes across the country, cupboards and high shelves are being pressed into service as secret stores, where small parcels of joy are being accumulated in preparation for Christmas or Hanukkah.The essence of hiding something is a social not a practical problem. It doesn’t matter where you put a present as long as the eventual recipient doesn’t see you put it there. To succeed in this you’ve got to be very aware of whether or not you’re being observed.Amazingly, we’re not the only species to...