cognitive ethology


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cognitive ethology

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(Zoology) a branch of ethology concerned with the influence of conscious awareness and intention on the behaviour of an animal
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In contrast to earlier modes of animal study that attributed animal behavior primarily to instinct, cognitive ethology assumes that animals have intellect, make purposeful decisions, and form emotional bonds and attachments.
Through the readings on cognitive ethology, students began to understand that the project asked them to conduct fieldwork much in the way a scientist would.
He founded the discipline of cognitive ethology, and his two early books combined rigorous and compelling argument with an almost encyclopedic array of references to animal behaviors that showed evidence for thinking, planning, awareness, and creative problem-solving.
He spotlights research fields that are growing: anthrozoology, the study of human-animal interactions (human-animal studies), ethology, the study of animal behavior, and cognitive ethology, the study of animal minds.
It is unlikely that a professor can be familiar with the fundamentals and recent developments in evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, cognitive ethology, biological anthropology, philosophical psychology, psycholinguistics, and moral philosophy, to name just a few relevant fields.
In Chapter 2, cognitive ethology is defined, and focuses on how animals think and what they feel, and includes their emotions, consciousness, and self-awareness.
Cognitive ethology and critical anthropomorphism: A snake with two heads and hognose snakes that play dead.
But mentalese is certainly not limited to cognitive ethology.
Again, Beer (1992), in a survey of the conceptual issues raised by cognitive ethology which connects up nicely with various philosophical analyses of intentionality and cognition, points to the controversial status of explanations of animal behavior which are couched in the mental categories which comprise Regan's subject-of-a-life criterion.
It also includes the role of naturalistic ethological data in revitalizing our appreciation for the complexity of animal behavior, the work of psychologists on ape language, and the recent cognitive ethology sparked by Donald Griffin.
Aspects of the cognitive ethology of an injury-feigning bird, the piping plover.
Aspects of the cognitive ethology of an injury -feigning bird, the piping plover.
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