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Animal ThinkingContemporary Issues in Comparative Cognition$
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Randolf Menzel and Julia Fischer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016636

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016636.001.0001

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Planning, Memory, and Decision Making

Planning, Memory, and Decision Making

(p.121) 9 Planning, Memory, and Decision Making
Animal Thinking

Amanda Seed

Nicola Clayton

Peter Carruthers

Anthony Dickinson

Paul W. Glimcher

Onur Güntürkün

Robert R. Hampton

Alex Kacelnik

Murray Shanahan

Jeffrey R. Stevens

Sabine Tebbich

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This chapter is motivated by the following questions: What sorts of information do animals use to make decisions, and what mechanisms underpin the actions of different animal species in different contexts? Can they act now to secure an outcome with value in the future, even if it has limited value in the present? Can they integrate disparate sources of information, and recognize when they do not have enough information to make a good choice? To what extent do these decisions result from deliberation, as opposed to the sculpting effect of consequences, either over the course of evolution or the life history, and how can we tell the difference from studying animal brains and behavior? Although answers to these questions will vary for different species in different contexts, comparative study enables us to extract common evolutionary and psychological principles. Impressive progress toward answering these questions has been made in the past decades within several disciplines, but substantial disagreements about how to interpret findings persist, and there is plenty still to learn. This chapter outlines the state of the art, clarifies points of disagreement, and suggests avenues for future research.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, planning, memory, decision making, animal consciousness, goal-directed behavior, metacognition

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