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Behav. Sci. 2016, 6(4), 27; doi:10.3390/bs6040027

Advances in Animal Cognition

Department of Psychology, Oakland University, 654 Pioneer Drive, Rochester, MI 48309, USA
Academic Editor: Scott J. Hunter
Received: 22 November 2016 / Revised: 22 November 2016 / Accepted: 28 November 2016 / Published: 30 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Animal Cognition)
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This editorial endorses a diverse approach to the study of animal cognition and emphasizes the theoretical and applied gains that can be made by embracing this approach. This diversity emerges from cross-talk among scientists trained in a variety of backgrounds and theoretical approaches, who study a variety of topics with a range of species. By shifting from an anthropocentric focus on humans and our closest living relatives, and the historic reliance on the lab rat or pigeon, modern students of animal cognition have uncovered many fascinating facets of cognition in species ranging from insects to carnivores. Diversity in both topic and species of study will allow researchers to better understand the complex evolutionary forces giving rise to widely shared and unique cognitive processes. Furthermore, this increased understanding will translate into more effective strategies for managing wild and captive populations of nonhuman species. View Full-Text
Keywords: advances; animal; cognition; diversity; species; comparative psychology advances; animal; cognition; diversity; species; comparative psychology
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