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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 80
Title: What Can Animal Cognition Contribute to Cognitive Science?
Lead Author: Brown, Michael F.
Abstract: Exciting new approaches and findings in studies of cognitive processes in a variety of animals have resulted in a vibrant field of Comparative Cognition and Learning that is poised to produce a variety of new foundational and transformational contributions to cognitive science. The study of cognition and learning in animals provides a context in which to understand human cognition and a means to examine its function and evolution that would not be possible if the only subject of cognitive science were Homo sapiens. Work in this area has already begun to have foundational influence on our understanding of cognitive systems, including visual and auditory processes, attention, working memory, spatial cognition, time perception, numerical and mathematical cognition, concept and category learning, pattern learning, tool use and motor cognition, causal learning, problem solving, social cognition, symbolic communication, associative learning, and many others. Research in comparative cognition and learning has previously been supported by the BIO directorate. That directorate no longer supports it. We believe that support for comparative research by SBE would expand both the domain and scope of cognitive science by providing a unique opportunity to develop and facilitate a unified approach to understanding cognition in human and non-human animals.
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