Minding the gap: Why there is still no theory in comparative psychology

Clive Wynne, Johan J. Bolhuis

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Abstract

The prevailing view that there is significant cognitive continuity between humans and other animals is a result of misinterpretations of the role of evolution, combined with anthropomorphism. This combination has often resulted in an over-interpretation of data from animal experiments. Comparative psychology should do what the name indicates: study the cognitive capacities of different species empirically, without naive evolutionary presuppositions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-153
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Neuroscience(all)
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  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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Minding the gap : Why there is still no theory in comparative psychology. / Wynne, Clive; Bolhuis, Johan J.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 31, No. 2, 04.2008, p. 152-153.

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