Special Issue "Advances in Animal Cognition"


A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. A.M. Oberbauer
Department of Animal Science, University of California Davis, One Shields Ave Davis, CA 95616, USA
Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/oberbauer/
E-Mail: amoberbauer@ucdavis.edu
Interests: genetic contribution to animal traits including behavior
Guest Editor
Dr. Lisa Lit
Department of Animal Science, University of California Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Website: http://www.ucdavis.edu/search/directory_results.shtml?filter=Lisa%20Lit
E-Mail: llit@ucdavis.edu
Interests: development of evidence-based practices (EBP) to optimize performance in working canines

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cognitive processes, including perception, attention, memory, decision making, and motivation, have been an increasing subject of research across animal species. These cognitive processes modulate the strength of stimulus-response and response-outcome associations resulting from classical and operant conditioning. Understanding how decision flexibility might supersede conditioned responses can be critical where animals serve vital functions, such as those performed by working canines. The recognition of complex cognitive abilities is similarly important in considering animal welfare issues in a broad range of environments, such as farms, zoos, conservation programs, and captive marine mammal exhibits. Advances in basic sciences, such as genetics and neuroscience further inform and support studies in animal cognition by elucidating inter-species similarities and differences in genetic sequence and neurobiological structures and functions. This Special Issue of Behavioral Sciences examines advances in animal cognition across species, considers how these advances may have practical implications, and explores future directions for this expanding knowledge base.

Prof. Dr. A.M. Oberbauer
Dr. Lisa Lit
Guest Editor


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  • animal learning
  • interspecific communication
  • inferential reasoning
  • social cognition
  • epigenetics
  • environmental conditioning
  • cognitive ethology

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Behav. Sci. 2014, 4(3), 213-225; doi:10.3390/bs4030213
Received: 11 June 2014 / Revised: 11 July 2014 / Accepted: 15 July 2014 / Published: 25 July 2014
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Last update: 28 May 2014

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