Explanations for variation in cognitive ability : behavioural ecology meets comparative cognition

Healy, S. D., Bacon, I. E., Haggis, O., Harris, A. P. and Kelley, L. A. 2009, Explanations for variation in cognitive ability : behavioural ecology meets comparative cognition, Behavioural processes, vol. 80, no. 3, pp. 288-294, doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2008.10.002.

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Title Explanations for variation in cognitive ability : behavioural ecology meets comparative cognition
Author(s) Healy, S. D.
Bacon, I. E.
Haggis, O.
Harris, A. P.
Kelley, L. A.
Journal name Behavioural processes
Volume number 80
Issue number 3
Start page 288
End page 294
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 0376-6357
Keyword(s) adaptation
natural selection
Summary Sara Shettleworth has played a defining role in the development of animal cognition and its integration into other parts of biology, especially behavioural ecology. Here we chart some of that progress in understanding the causes and importance of variation in cognitive ability and highlight how Tinbergen's levels of explanation provide a useful framework for this field. We also review how experimental design is crucial in investigating cognition and stress the need for naturalistic experiments and field studies. We focus particularly on the example of the relationship among food hoarding, spatial cognition and hippocampal structure, and review the conflicting evidence for sex differences in spatial cognition. We finish with speculation that a combination of Tinbergen and Shettleworth-style approaches would be the way to grapple with the as-yet unanswered questions of why birds mimic heterospecifics.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.beproc.2008.10.002
Field of Research 060201 Behavioural Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035807

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