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The perils of comparative cognition

This is another paper taken from the Animal Minds Phil Trans special issue. The article builds on ideas in the paper by Doring and Chittka [http://wp.me/pFSBM-7h] and discusses in general terms the problems of comparing cognitive abilities between species. The paper gives a very readable account of why we should fear top-down approaches and be wary of gross comparisons of neuroanatomy, but isn’t all negative. There are positive promotions of bottom-up evolutionary explanations as well as minimal cognitivve modelling and data-driven approaches, all of which may prove fruitful

Lars Chittka, Stephen J. Rossiter, Peter Skorupski, and Chrisantha Fernando (2012) What is comparable in comparative cognition? Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 367 2677-2685; doi:10.1098/rstb.2012.0215

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