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The study of cognition in animals other than humans.

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How does goal-tracking and sign-tracking behaviour vary across species?

In Pavlonian (classical) conditioning, conditioned responses of an animal may vary. Some animals focus on the unconditioned stimulus (ie. food/location of food) while others may focus on the ...
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Other studies of animals with sign language

Dr. Francine Patterson taught a modified form of sign language to Koko, a western lowland gorilla. Much media attention has been focused on Koko, especially after her death, and Patterson herself ...
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Is there any animal, which knows it will die?

In light of the Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness, are there any animals, which are aware that they will die?
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Animal perception of animal vs. inanimate objects

I've always been baffled by the fact that safari vehicles are open to the elements. There are plenty of examples of lions approaching the cars and yet barely noticing the potential human preys seated ...
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What is the name of this experiment that showed that humans are innately inclined to ask questions?

Years ago I watched a documentary that was about how humans are unique compared to other animals. In it they highlighted an experiment that was done on both human toddlers and chimpanzees. The ...
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Does a research area such as Psycho-Agronomy, Agro-Psychology exist?

Are there researchers studying how to apply (other animal than human) psychology to agronomy, and does such a research area has a name (and which one)? Such a name would help in finding existing ...
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Spider removing a piece of grass from its web -- very different behavior second time -- why?

This was an experiment I performed so no link to the event nor the scientist's interpretation which was in an old email I no longer have access to. The first time, the spider cautiously approached the ...
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Ethical testing of (poor) abilities in animals other than humans?

QUESTION: Does the problem of measuring the ability of a subject (e.g. an other than human animal) to perform a task has a name? Are there standard methodologies to do so ethically, especially when ...
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Different plasticity mechanisms in different species

Are the neural plasticity mechanisms behind learning essentially the same across different species? For instance, is STDP assumed to be a standard mechanism in almost anything with a brain, or is it ...
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Differences in Cognition, Theory of Mind and their criteria

I´m writing an essay about the ToM in animals. My Problem is that there are a few hints of ToM in animals but there are also some interferences. I tried to set up a conclusion which uses Morgan's Law ...
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Is there a difference in the perception of time in animals of different size?

Small animals, such as a fly, snail, or little sea crab, have to cope with physical processes that proceed much faster in relation to their size than they do for bigger animals. Therefore, I wonder, ...
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Is there any research on episodic-like memory in reptiles?

I've been studying the area of episodic-like memory in non-human animals and reptiles seems to be really underrepresented (or not represented at all). Is there any research that I am missing? Anything ...
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State of the art on Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation in Other Animals Than Humans?

Most definitions and theories about intrinsic and extrinsic motivations (that I could find) are about human animals, and there are some interesting debates about the conversion between those (but ...
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Did this scientific experiment on worker/robber roles in pig's behaviour take place?

I remember that I read a story of an experiment on pig behaviour in a book when I was a child. I believe that the book was written by Bernard Werber, but I am not 100% certain. An experimenter put a ...
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Could the Mirror Test results simply be a product of "itching" caused by mirror neurons?

Most of the critiques of the Mirror Self-Recognition (MSR) test are aimed at false negatives - animals might still be self aware even if they do not pass the test for a wide number of reasons. However,...
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Upper Bounds on Rat Maze Complexity

Suppose you make a rat run through a maze to find it's food. Every day, you put the rat into the same maze. The first few times this rat has to run the maze, it will probably take a little while to ...
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What Classical Conditioning says about multiple or multimodal stimuli?

I would like to know if classical conditioning somehow predicts/approaches scenarios where multiple or multimodal stimuli associate with a response. I do not have much knowledge on the topic, but it ...
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How was the infant IQ test applied to Koko?

Apparently, a Gorilla named Koko took a number of IQ tests and scored an average of 80, their full range of scores being 70 to 95. The test used was the Cattell Infant Intelligence Scale. I don't ...
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In non-human animals, does general intelligence apply?

In humans, there is this concept of general intelligence, which says that if someone is smarter than you then they are smarter than you at all activities that rely on intelligences. Do other animals ...
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Do animals have a critical period for language similar to humans?

I have wondered this question for awhile, and I thought it would be appropriate to ask on here. Particularly, is there any evidence showing that animals exposed to human language during their ...
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