Special Issue "Advances in Animal Cognition"
A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2014
Dr. Brian Hare
Department of Evolutionary Anthropology and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC 27705, USA
A better understanding of the animal mind challenges our ideas of the human mind. Discoveries regarding the animal mind provide powerful tests for theories of human cognition, evolution, and neurobiology. These discoveries can be applied to help humans solve a range of real world problems.
The field of animal cognition is at the intersection of the social and life sciences. Scientists studying animal cognition measure behavior and neurobiology to infer the internal processes that allow for flexible problem solving. This means a variety of techniques have been developed to study animal inferences and preferences.
For over fifty years, since the cognitive revolution began, a range of cognitive abilities have been characterized in increasingly diverse taxa: episodic-like memory in corvids, visual perspective-taking skills in chimpanzees, fast-mapping of object labels in dogs, emotional contagion in bonobos, inhibitory control in lemurs, image-scoring in fish, and much more. Similar progress has been made in characterizing animal preferences: patient marmosets versus impulsive tamarins, risk prone chimpanzees versus risk averse bonobos, minks who would rather swim than play with toys, dogs that enjoy the company of humans more than that of other dogs, etc. These types of discoveries are used to challenge ideas of human uniqueness, to understand the phylogenetics of cognition across lineages, to identify potential selection pressures that shaped cognition, to test hypotheses regarding human development, to uncover the function of neurobiological systems, and to even find ways of improving the lives of the animals themselves.
In this special issue, we have invited a range of scholars studying animal cognition to contribute significant new discoveries to showcase the broad reach of our field. All of these papers will illustrate how, in the age of comparative genomics and neurobiology, animal cognition plays a central role in enabling us to truly understand the human mind.
Dr. Brian Hare
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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- animal cognition
- comparative cognition
- human intelligence
- human cognitive evolution
- evolutionary psychology
- developmental psychology
Last update: 29 August 2013