During the weeks directly before students were to complete their experiential assignment, we focused on readings about the field of cognitive ethology, which uses naturalistic, humane, observational methods to study animals' lives (Bekoff).
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.
and critical anthropomorphism: A snake with two heads and hognose snakes that play dead.
The emerging subfield of cognitive ethology
, spawned largely by the work of Donald Griffin (e.g., Griffin 1976), to whom Regan refers extensively, appears to be self-consciously committed to the idea that animals have beliefs, desires, emotions, intentions, and the like.
Could he now be pushing toward yet another revolution, this one leading to a cognitive paleontology as a sort of parallel to cognitive ethology
? We suspect that revolutionaries are like that, always willing to poke at the assumptions and values that the rest of us have so long accepted that we have grown complacent and dogmatic about them.
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.
and critical anthropomorphism: A snake with two heads and a hog--nosed snake that plays dead.
Aspects of the cognitive ethology
of an injury -feigning bird, the piping plover.