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SPACKLED is the Studygroup for the Philosophy/Psychology of Animal Cognition, Knowledge, Learning, Evolution, and Development. It was started by Colin Allen.

During the semester SPACKLED meets on a roughly bi-weekly schedule. Meeting times/locations and papers are announced on our listserver. Papers will be posted here.

Our aim is to discuss a broad range of topics related to animal cognition. Suggestions for topics or papers are always welcome.

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Readings for the Fall 2017 semester

October 27, Friday

Clark & Chalmers. (1998) The extended mind. Analysis, 58:10–23

Japyassú & Laland. (2017). Extended spider cognition. Animal Cognition, 20(3):375-395.

October 13, Friday

Cruse & Wehner (2011). No Need for a Cognitive Map: Decentralized Memory for Insect Navigation

Clayton & Wilkins (2017). Memory, mental time travel and The Moustachio Quartet

September 29, Friday

Hills et al. (2015) Exploration vs exploitation in space, mind, and society

Trewavas (2017) The foundations of plant intelligence

September 15, Friday

van Duijn M. (2017). Phylogenetic origins of biological cognition: convergent patterns in the early evolution of learning

Keijer FA. (2017). Evolutionary convergence and biologically embodied cognition

Readings for the Fall 2014 semester

October 1, Wednesday

Cheetham, C., Belluscio, L. (2014). An Olfactory Critical Period. Science, 344, 157.

Ma, L., et al. (2014). A Developmental Switch of Axon Targeting in the Continuously Regenerating Mouse Olfactory System. Science, 344, 194.

Tsai, L., Barnea, G. (2014). A Critical Period Defined by Axon-Targeting Mechanisms in the Murine Olfactory Bulb. Science, 344, 197.

September 17th, Wednesday

Mirwan, H., Kevan, P. (2013). Social Learning in Bumblebees (Bombus impatiens): Worker Bumblebees Learn to Manipulate and Forage at Artificial Flowers by Observation and Communication within the Colony. Psyche: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Consciousness, 2013, .

Mirwan, H., Kevan, P. (2014). Problem solving by worker bumblebees Bombus impatiens (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Animal Cognition, 17, 1053-1061.

Readings for the Fall 2013 semester

November 6, Wednesday

Herrmann, E., et al. (2007). Humans Have Evolved Specialized Skills of Social Cognition: The Cultural Intelligence Hypothesis Science, 317, 1360-1366.

Sultanescu, O., Andrews, K. (2013). Are Apes' Responses to Pointing Gestures Intentional? Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies, 24, 53-77.

October 23, Wednesday

Polack, C., & McConnell, B., & Miller, R. (2012). Associative foundation in causal learning in rats. Learning & Behavior, 41, 25-41.

October 9, Wednesday

Seki, Y., et al. (2013). Songbirds and humans apply different strategies in a sound sequence discrimination task. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 1-9.

van Heijningen, C., et al. (2013). Rule learning by zebra finches in an artificial grammar learning task: which rule? Animal Cognition, 16, 165-175.

October 2, Wednesday

Grimaldi, P. & Karpicke, J. (2012). When and why do retrieval attempts enhance subsequent encoding? Memory & Cognition 40, 505-513.

September 18, Wednesday

Taylor, A., Knaebe, B. & Gray, R. (2012). An end to insight? New Caledonian crows can spontaneously solve problems without planning their actions. .Retrieved from: on October 31, 2012. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1998

Krasheninnikova, A., Brager, S. & Wanker, R. (2013). Means–end comprehension in four parrot species: explained by social complexity. Animal Cognition, 16, 755-764.

September 4, Wednesday

Hughes, K., Mullo, E. & Santos, L. (2012). Solving small spaces: investigating the use of landmark cues in brown capuchins (Cebus apella). Animal Cognition, 16, 803-817.

Readings for the Spring 2013 semester

April 25, Thursday

Understanding Knowledge in a New Framework: Against Intellectualism as a Semantic Analysis and an Analysis of the Mind. Eds. Jung, Eva-Maria and Albert Newen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Newen, Albert and Andreas Bartels. "Animal Minds and the Possession of Concepts." Philosophical Psychology 20.3 (2007): 283-308.

April 18, Thursday

Bandura, A. (1977). Social Learning Theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

April 4, Thursday

Zurek, D. B. & Taylor, A. J. & Nelson, X. J. (2010). "The role of the anterior lateral eyes in the vision-based behaviour of jumping spiders." The Journal of Experimental Biology, 213, 2372-2378.

March 21, Thursday

Pais-Vieria, M., Lebedev, M., Kunicki, C., Wang, J. & Nicolelis, M. A. L. (2013). "A Brain-to-Brain Interface for Real-Time Sharing of Sensorimotor Information." Scientific Reports, 1319(3), 1-10.

January 17th, Thursday

Feeney, M ., Roberts, W. & Sherry, D. (2011). "Black-Capped Chickadees (Poecile artricapillus) Anticipate Future Outcomes of Foraging Choices". Journal of Experimental Psychology, 37(1), 30-40.

Roberts, W. (2012)."Evidence for future cognition in animals". Learning and Motivation, 43, 169-180.

Readings for the Fall 2012 semester

December 3rd, Monday

Sol, D., Duncan, R., Blackburn, T., Cassey, P. & Lefebvre, L. (2005). "Big brains, enhanced cognition, and response of birds to novel environments". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102(15), 5460-5465.

Cole, E., Morand-Ferron, J. & Quinn, J. (2012). "Cognitive Ability Influences Reproductive Life History Variation in the Wild". Current Biology, 22, 1808-1812.

November 5th, Monday

White, D., Gersick, A., Freed-Brown, G. & Snyder-Mackler, N. (2010). "The ontogeny of social skills: experimental increases in social complexity enhance reproductive success in adult cowbirds". Animal Behaviour, 79, 385-390.

Taborsky, B., Arnold, C., Junker, J. & Tschopp, A. (2012). "The early social environment affects social competence in a cooperative breeder". Animal Behaviour, 83, 1067-1074.

Taborsky, B. & Oliveira, R. (In press). "Social competence: an evolutionary approach". Trends in Ecology and Evolution, xxx(x), xxx.

October 22nd, Monday

Herberholz, J., Marquart, G. (2012). "Decision making and behavioral choice during predator avoidance." Frontiers in Neuroscience, 6(125), 1-15.

Stevenson, P., Rillich, J. (2012). "The decision to fight or flee – insights into underlying mechanism in crickets." Frontiers in Neuroscience, 6(118), 1-12.

Suggested further readings:

Adamo, S., Linn, C., Hoy, R. (1995). "The role of neurohormonal octopamine during 'fight or flight' behavior in the field cricket Gryllus Bimaculatus". The Journal of Experimental Biology, 198, 1691-1700.

Glanzman, D., Kranse, F. (1983). "Serotonin and octopamine have opposite modulatory effects on the crayfish's lateral giant escape reaction". The Journal of Neuroscience, 3(11), 2263-2269.

Pedetta, S., Kaczer, L., Maldonado, H. (2010). "Individual aggressiveness in the crab Chasmagnathus: Influence in fight outcome and modulation by serotonin and octopamine". Physiology and Behavior, 101, 438-445.

September 24th, Monday

Lurz, R. (2009) "If chimpanzees are mindreaders, could behavioral science tell? Toward a solution of the logical problem". Philosophical Psychology, 22:3, 305-328

Readings for the Spring 2012 semester

February 20th, Monday

N.J. Mulcahy, J. Call, et al. (2006) "Apes save tools for future use". Science, 312 (2006), pp. 1038–1040

Cheke, L. G. and Clayton, N. S. (2011). "Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) overcome their current desires to anticipate two distinct future needs and plan for them appropriately". Biology Letters. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0909

January 23rd, Monday

Réale et al, Careu et al. 2010. Personality and the emergence of the pace-of-life syndrome concept at the population level. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 2010 365, 4051-4063.

Careau et al. 2010. The Pace of Life under Artificial Selection: Personality, Energy Expenditure, and Longevity Are Correlated in Domestic Dogs.  The American Naturalist, Vol. 175, No. 6 (June 2010), pp. 753-758.

Readings for the Fall 2011 semester

December 5th, Monday - 4PM

Barrett, Louise (2009) A guide to practical babooning: Historical, social, and cognitive contingency. Evol. Anthropol. 18:91-102.

Anne Russon and Kristin Andrews. Orangutan pantomime: elaborating the message. Biol. Lett. published online 11 August 2010

October 21st, Friday - 1.30PM

Benjamin M. Basile & Robert R. Hampton. Monkeys Recall and Reproduce Simple Shapes from Memory. Current Biology 2011

L. Caitlin Elmore, Wei Ji Ma, John F. Magnotti, Kenneth J. Leising, Antony D. Passaro, Jeffrey S. Katz, Anthony A. Wright. Visual Short-Term Memory Compared in Rhesus Monkeys and Humans. Current Biology 2011

Brett Gibson, Edward Wasserman & Steven J. Luck. Qualitative similarities in the visual short-term memory of pigeons and people. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 2011

October 3rd, Monday - 4.00PM

Shafir, S., T. A. Waite, et al. (2002). "Context-dependent violations of rational choice in honeybees (Apis mellifera) and gray jays (Perisoreus canadensis)." Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 51(2): 180-187.

Hurly, T. A. and M. D. Oseen (1999). "Context-dependent, risk-sensitive foraging preferences in wild rufous hummingbirds." Anim Behav 58(1): 59-66.

Sasaki, T. and S. C. Pratt (2011). "Emergence of group rationality from irrational individuals." Behavioral Ecology 22(2): 276-281.

September 23rd, Friday - 1.30PM at CISAB

Target article: Udell, Dorey & Wynne

1. Roberts and Macpherson

2. Viranyi and Range

3. Miklosi and Topal

4. Horowitz

5. Reply by Udell and Wynne

September 9th, Friday - 1.30PM at CISAB

Allen, C (submitted) Fish Cognition and Consciousness. J. Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

Nilsson J, Kristiansen TS, Fosseidengen JE, Stien LH, Fernˆ A, van den Bos R (2010) Learning and anticipatory behaviour in a. Behavioural processes 83 (3):257-266

Readings for the Spring 2011 semester

May 2nd, Monday - 4.15PM

Cramer CP, Pfister JP, Haig KA (1988) Experience during suckling alters later spatial learning. Dev Psychobiol 21 (1):1-24.

Wills TJ, Cacucci F, Burgess N, O'Keefe J (2010) Development of the hippocampal cognitive map in preweanling rats. Science 328 (5985):1573-1576

Timberlake W, Sinning SA, Leffel JK (2007) Beacon training in a water maze can facilitate and compete with subsequent room cue learning in rats. J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process 33 (3):225-243

March 28th, Monday - 4.15PM

Smith, J. D., F. G. Ashby, et al. (2011). "Pigeons' categorization may be exclusively nonanalytic." Psychonomic bulletin & review.

Smith, J. D., M. J. Beran, et al. (2010). "Implicit and explicit category learning by macaques (Macaca mulatta) and humans (Homo sapiens)." Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes 36(1): 54-65.

March 7th, Monday - 4.15PM

Chiandetti C, Vallortigara G (2010) Experience and geometry: controlled-rearing studies with chicks. Animal Cognition 13 (3):463-470

Chiandetti C, Vallortigara G (2011) Intuitive physical reasoning about occluded objects by inexperienced chicks. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 

Chiandetti C, Vallortigara G (2008) Is there an innate geometric module? Effects of experience with angular geometric cues on spatial re-orientation based on the shape of the environment. Animal Cognition 11 (1):139-146 (SUGGESTED)

Cheng K (2008) Whither geometry? Troubles of the geometric module. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 12 (9):355-361 (SUGGESTED)

February 28th, Monday - 4.15PM

Chittka, L. & Osorio, D. (2007) Cognitive dimensions of predator responses to imperfect mimicry? Plos Biology 5 (12):2754-2758

Darst, C. R. & Cummings, M. E. (2006) Predator learning favours mimicry of a less-toxic model in poison frogs. Nature 440 (7081):208-211

Welzl, H., D'Adamo, P. & Lipp, H. P. (2001) Conditioned taste aversion as a learning and memory paradigm. Behav Brain Res 125 (1-2):205-213 (OPTIONAL)

February 21st, Monday - 4PM

Ding, H. K., C. M. Teixeira, et al. (2008). "Inactivation of the anterior cingulate cortex blocks expression of remote, but not recent, conditioned taste aversion memory." Learning & Memory 15(5): 290.

Miranda, M. I., G. L. Quirarte, et al. (2008). "Glucocorticoids enhance taste aversion memory via actions in the insular cortex and basolateral amygdala." Learning & Memory 15(7): 468.

Yamamoto, T., T. Shimura, et al. (1994). "Neural substrates for conditioned taste aversion in the rat." Behavioural Brain Research 65(2): 123-137.

February 7th, Monday - 4PM

Pilley, J. W. and A. K. Reid (2010). "Border collie comprehends object names as verbal referents." Behav Processes.

Kaminski, J., J. Call, et al. (2004). "Word learning in a domestic dog: evidence for "fast mapping"." Science 304(5677): 1682-1683. (ONLY AS A REFERENCE)

January 17th, Monday - 4PM

Latty, T. & Beekman, M. (2010). Irrational decision-making in an amoeboid organism: transitivity and context-dependent preferences. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Bateson, M. (2004). Mechanisms of decision-making and the interpretation of choice tests. Animal Welfare 13 (Supplement 1):115-120

Readings for the Fall 2010 semester

November 29th

Giraldeau Lefebve (1987) Scrounging prevents cultural transmission of food-finding behaviour in pigeons. Animal Behaviour.

Fritz & Kotrschal (1998) Social learning in common ravens, Corvus corax. Animal Behaviour.

November 15th

King, A., C. Narraway, et al. (2010). "Performance of human groups in social foraging: the role of communication in consensus decision making." Biology Letters.

Tornick, J., B. Gibson, et al. (2010). "Clarkís nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana) use gestures to identify the location of hidden food." Animal Cognition.

November 1st

Chittka, A. & Niven, J. (2009). Are bigger brains better. Current Biology. 

Liedtke et al (2010). Big brains are not enough: performance of three parrot species in the trap-tube paradigm. Animal Cognition.

Herculano-Houzel, S. (2009). The human brain in numbers: a linearly scaled-up primate brain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (OPTIONAL)

October 25th - 3.45

Crystal, J. and A. Foote (2009). "Metacognition in animals." Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews 4: 1-16.

September 27 - 3.45pm (at the CISAB)

Seyfarth, R., D. Cheney, et al. (2010). "The central importance of information in studies of animal communication." Animal Behaviour.

Rendall, D., M. Owren, et al. (2009). "What do animal signals mean?" Animal Behaviour 78(2): 233-240.

Readings for the Spring 10 semester

May 3 - 1.15pm

Di Tosto, G., Paolucci, M., & Conte, R. (2007). Altruism Among Simple and Smart Vampires. International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems, 16(1), 51-56.

April 26

McNamara, J., & Houston, A.(2010). Integrating function and mechanism. In press.

April 12

West, M. & King, A. (2008). Deconstructing innate illusions: Reflections on nature-nurture-niche from an unlikely source. Philosophical Psychology, 21(3) 383-395.

April 5

Topál József., Miklósi Á., Gácsi M., Dóka A., Pongrácz P., Kubinyi E., Virányi Zs., & Csányi V. (2009). The Dog As a Model for Understanding Human Social Behavior. Advances in the Study of Animal Behaviour. 39, 71–116

March 8

Hampton, R. R. (2009). Multiple demonstrations of metacognition in nonhumans: Converging evidence or multiple mechanisms? Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 4, 17-28.

Jozefowiez, J., Staddon, J. E. R., & Cerutti, D., T. (2009). Metacognition in animals: How do we know that they know? Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 4, 29-39.

February 22

M. Giurfa, S.W. Zhang, A. Jennett, R. Menzel and M.V. Srinivasan, The concepts of sameness and difference in an insect. Nature 410 (2001), pp. 930–933.

B. van Swinderen and R. Greenspan, Salience modulates 20 – 30 Hz brain activity in Drosophila. Nat Neurosci 6 (2003), pp. 579–586

February 8

Griffin, D & Speck, G (2004). New Evidence of Animal Consciousness. Animal Cognition 7 (1):5-18.

Shea, N & Heyes C (2010). Metamemory as Evidence of Animal Consciousness: The Type That Does the Trick. Biology and Philosophy 25 (1).

January 25

Blaisdell, A. P. (2009). The role of associative processes in spatial, temporal, and causal cognition. (pp. 153-172). In Watanabe, S., Blaisdell, A. P., Huber, L., & Young, A. (Eds.), Rational animals, irrational humans, Tokyo, Keio University Press.

Penn D & Povinelli D.J (2007) Causal cognition in human and nonhuman animals: a comparative, critical review. Annu. Rev. Psychol. 58, 97–118.

Readings for the Fall 09 semester

December 14

Westneat, D. F., A. Walters, et al. (2000). Alternative mechanisms of nonindependent mate choice. Anim Behav 59(3): 467-476.

K. Witte and J.-G. J. Godin(2009) Mate choice copying and mate quality bias: different processes, different species. Behav. Ecol (20) 4.

November 30

Edwards, S. C. and Pratt, S. C. (2009). Rationality in collective decision-making by ant colonies. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society.

Arizona State University (2009, July 25). Ants More Rational Than Humans?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 17, 2009, from

November 16

Hochner et al. (2006) The Octopus: A Model for a Comparative Analysis of the Evolution of Learning and Memory Mechanisms.The Biological Bulletin 210 (3): 308.

November 2

Ginsburg, S., & Jablonka, E. (2007a). The transition to experiencing: I. Limited learning and limited experiencing. Biological Theory, 2(3), 218–230.

Ginsburg, S., & Jablonka, E. (2007b). The transition to experiencing: II. The evolution of associative learning based on feelings. Biological Theory, 2(3), 231–243.

October 19

Christine M. Drea & Allisa N. Carter. (2009) Cooperative problem solving in a social carnivore. Animal Behaviour, 78, 4: 967-977

Emery, N & Nicola, C. (2009) Comparative social cognition. Annual Review of Psychology, 60: 87-113

October 5

Edelman D. & Seth, A. Animal consciousness: a synthetic approach. Trends in Neuroscience, 2009 Sep; 32 (9): 476-84

Cabanac M. Do Birds experience sensory pleasure? In press

Cabanac,M., Cabanac, J., Paren, A. The emergence of consciousness in phylogeny. Behavioural Brain Research, 2009 2(198) 2: 267-272

September 21

Gácsi M, Gyoöri B, Virányi Z, Kubinyi E, Range F, et al. 2009. Explaining Dog Wolf Differences in Utilizing Human Pointing Gestures: Selection for Synergistic Shifts in the Development of Some Social Skills. PLoS ONE 4(8).

Michael Tomasello and Juliane Kaminski (4 September 2009) Like Infant, Like Dog. Science 325 (5945), 1213.

József Topál, György Gergely, Ágnes Erdohegyi, Gergely Csibra, and Ádám Miklósi (4 September 2009) Social interactions with humans govern the way dogs and children learn, but wolves learn by focusing on objects. Science 325 (5945), 1269.

Virginia Morell (28 August 2009) Going to the Dogs. Science 325 (5944), 1062.

Readings for the Spring 09 semester

May 11

Liker, András, and Veronika Bókony. 2009. "Larger Groups Are More Successful in Innovative Problem Solving in House Sparrows," PNAS, Early edition.

Couzin, Iain D. 2009. "Collective Cognition in Animal Groups," Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13: 36-43.

April 20

Ophir, Alexander G., Steven M. Phelps, Anna Bess Sorin, and Jerry O. Wolff. in press. "Social but Not Genetic Monogamy Is Associated with Greater Breeding Success in Prairie Voles," Animal Behavior: 1-12.

Ophir, Alexander G., Jerry O. Wolff, and Steven M. Phelps. 2008. "Variation in Neural V1ar Predicts Sexual Fidelity and Space Use among Male Prairie Voles in Semi-Natural Settings," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105: 1249-54.

April 6

C.R. Raby and N.S. Clayton, “Prospective cognition in animals,” Behavioural Processes 80, no. 3 (March 2009): 314-324.

Holly C. Miller, Rebecca Rayburn-Reeves, and Thomas R. Zentall, “Imitation and emulation by dogs using a bidirectional control procedure,” Behavioural Processes 80, no. 2 (February 2009): 109-114.

Jonathon D. Crystal, “Elements of episodic-like memory in animal models,” Behavioural Processes 80, no. 3 (March 2009): 269-277.

March 9

Santos, L. R., Flombaum, J. I. & Phillips, W. (2007). The evolution of human mind reading. In S. Platek (Ed.) Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience. Cambridge: MIT Press. 433-456.

March 2

Toates, Frederick. 1998. "The Interaction of Cognitive and Stimulus-Response Processes in the Control of Behaviour," Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 22: 59-83.

Egan, Louisa C., Laurie R. Santos, and Paul Bloom. 2007. "The Origins of Cognitive Dissonance: Evidence from Children and Monkeys," Psychological Science, 18: 978-83.

February 9

Slobodchikoff, C. N., A. Paseka, et al. (2009). "Prairie dog alarm calls encode labels about predator colors." Animal Cognition in press.

Phillips, W. and L. R. Santos (2007). "Evidence for kind representations in the absence of language: Experiments with rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta)." Cognition 102: 455-463.

Genty, E., T. Breuer, et al. (2009). "Gestural communication of the gorilla (Gorilla gorilla): repertoire, intentionality and possible origins." Animal Cognition in press.

January 26 (11:30 AM to 12:45 PM)

Patel, Iversen, Bregman, Schulz (2008) Studying synchronization to a musical beat in nonhuman animals. *Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.*

Taylor, A.H., Hunt, G.R., Medina, F.S., Gray, R.D. (2009). Do New Caledonian crows solve physical problems through causal reasoning? Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 276 (1655): 247-254.

Martin-Ordas, G., Call, J. & Colmenares, F. (2008). Tubes, tables and traps: great apes solve two functionally equivalent trap tasks but show no evidence of transfer across tasks. Animal Cognition, 11:423-430.

Readings for the Fall 08 semester

November 17

Penn, D. C., K. J. Holyoak, et al. (2008). "Darwin's mistake: Explaining discontinuity between human and nonhuman minds." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31: 109-178.

Mendonca-Furtado, O. d. and E. B. Ottoni (2008). "Learning generalization in problem solving by a blue-fronted parrot (Amazona aestiva)." Animal Cognition 11: 719-725.

November 3, 3.30 p.m. PSY 228

Correia, S. P. C., Dickinson, A., & Clayton, N. (2007). Western Scrub-Jays Anticipate Future Needs Independently of Their Current Motivational State. Current Biology, 17.

Osvath, M., & Osvath, H. (2008). Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and Orangutan (Pongo abelii) forethought: self-contro and pre-experience in the face of future tool use. Animal Cognition, 11, 661-674.

Suddendorf, T., & Corbalis, M. C. (2008). New evidence for animal foresight? Animal Behavior, 75, e1-e3.

October 20, 4 p.m.

Viranyi, Z., Gacsi, M., Kubinyi, E., Topal, J., Belenyi, B., Ujfalussy, D., & Miklosi, A. (2008). Comprehension of human pointing gestures in young human-reared wolves (Canis lupus) and dogs (Canis familiaris). Animal Cognition, 11, 373-387.

Kubinyi, E., Viranyi, Z., & Miklosi, A. (2007). Comparative Social Cognition: From wolf and dog to humans. Comparative Cognition and Behavior Reviews, 2, 26-46.

September 29

Riedel, J., Schumann, K., Kaminski, J., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2008). The early ontogeny of human---dog communication. Animal Behavior, 75, 1003-1014.

Ward, C., Bauer, E., & Smuts, B. (2008). Partner preferences and asymmetries in social play among domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris, littermates. Animal Behavior, 1-13.

Wynne, C. D., Udell, M. A. R., & Lord, K. A. (2008). Ontogeny's impacts on human---dog communication. Animal Behavior, 1-4.

Date TBA

Wray M.K., Klein B.A., Mattila H.R. & Seeley, T.D. Honeybees do not reject dances for ‘implausible’ locations: reconsidering the evidence for cognitive maps in insects. Animal Behavior, 2008, 76, 261e269.

Shafir S., Reich T., Tsur E., Erev I. & Lotem, A. Perceptual accuracy and conflicting effects of certainty on risk-taking behaviour. Nature. Vol. 453, 12 July 2008.

Readings from the Spring 08 semester

[HN = Hurley, S. and Nudds, M. (2006). Rational Animals? Oxford University Press.]

May 19

Suzanne H. Alonzo, Female mate choice copying affects sexual selection in wild populations of the ocellated wrasse, Anim. Behav. (2008)

Benedict C. Jones, Lisa M. DeBruine, Anthony C. Little, Robert P. Burriss and David R. Feinberg, Social transmission of face preferences among humans, Proc. R. Soc. B (2007) 274, 899–903

David J. White, Influences of social learning on mate-choice decisions, Learning & Behavior 2004, 32 (1), 105-113

April 28

Seed, A.M., Clayton, N.S., & Emery, N.J. (in press). Cooperative problem solving in rooks (Corvus frugilegus). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Melis, A.P., Hare,B., & Tomasello, M. (2006). Chimpanzees Recruit the Best Collaborators. Science, 311 (5765): 1297-1300.

April 14

Subiaul, F., Vonk, J., Okamoto-Barth, S, Barth, J. (in press). Do chimpanzees learn reputation by observation? Evidence from direct and indirect experience with generous and selfish strangers. Animal Cognition

Connor, R. & Mann, J. (2006). Social cognition in the wild: Machiavellian dolphins? In Hurley, S. and Nudds, M. (eds.). Rational Animals? Oxford University Press (Chapter 16)

March 24

Fiset, S. (2007). Landmark-Based Search Memory in the Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 121 (4), 345-353.

Kaminski, J., Fischer, J., Call, J. (in press). Prospective object search in dogs: mixed evidence for knowledge of What and Where. Animal Cognition.

March 3

TOPÁL, J., MIKLÓSI, A., GÁCSI, M., DÓKA, A., PONGRÁCZ, P., KUBINYI, E., VIRÁNYI, Z., & CSÁNYI, V. Dog as a complementary model for understanding human social behaviour (Manuscript).

February 18

Ramsey, Bastian, and van Schaik (2007) Animal innovation defined and operationalized. BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES (2007) 30, 393–437.

Chapter 2 from the Hurley & Nudds volume

February 4

Thomas Suddendorf and Michael C. Corballis (2007). The evolution of foresight: What is mental time travel, and is it unique to humans? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30: 299–351.

Nicky Clayton, Nathan Emery, and Anthony Dickinson (2006). The rationality of animal memory: Complex caching strategies of western scrub jays. Chapter 9 in Hurley & Nudds (eds.) The Rational Animal.

January 14

Suda-King, C. (2008) Do orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) know when they do not remember? Animal Cognition 11: 21-42.

Shettleworth, S. & Sutton, J. (2006) "Do animals know what they know", Chapter 11 in Hurley, S. and Nudds, M. (2006). Rational Animals? Oxford University Press.

Readings from the Fall 07 semester

November 30

Penn, Derek C. and Daniel J. Povinelli (2007) ‘On the lack of evidence that non-human animals possess anything remotely resembling a ‘theory of mind’. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B (2007) 362, 731–744

Andrews, Kristin (2005) ‘Chimpanzee Theory of Mind: Looking in All the Wrong Places?’ Mind & Language, Vol. 20 No. 5 November 2005, pp. 521–536.

November 2

Byrne, R. (2005) 'Detecting, Understanding, and Explaining Animal Imitation'. In: S Hurley & N Chater (eds) Perspectives on imitation: from mirror neurons to memes, Vol.1, 255-282. MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 2005

Arbib, M. A., Bonaiuto, J., and Rosta, E. (2006) 'The mirror system hypothesis: From a macaque-like mirror system to imitation'. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Evolution of Language, 3-10.

October 19: Special issue: Social Cognition
Caroline Ash, Gilbert Chin, Elizabeth Pennisi, and Andrew Sugden (2007) ‘Living in Societies’. Science 317: 1337.
R. I. M. Dunbar and Susanne Shultz (2007) ‘Evolution in the Social Brain’. Science 317: 1344-1347.

Joan B. Silk (2007) ‘Social Components of Fitness in Primate Groups’. Science 317: 1347-1351.
Supplemental Reading:
News features:
Greg Miller (2007) ‘All Together Now--Pull!Science 317: 1338-1340.

Greg Miller (2007) ‘The Promise of Parallel Universes’. Science 317 September 2007: 1341-1343.
Book Review:
Jolly, Allison (2007) ‘The Social Origin of Mind’. Science 317: 1326-1327
Research article:
Daniel T. Gilbert and Timothy D. Wilson (2007) ‘Prospection: Experiencing the Future’. Science 317: 1351-1354.
October 5

Esther Herrmann, Josep Call, María Victoria Hernàndez-Lloreda, Brian Hare, and Michael Tomasello (2007) ‘Humans Have Evolved Specialized Skills of Social Cognition: The Cultural Intelligence Hypothesis’. Science 317: 1360-1366.

Children who are 2 and a half years old deal with quantities, space, and causality as well as adult chimps but far surpass them on social learning tasks, communication, and theory of mind skills.

Justin N. Wood, David D. Glynn, Brenda C. Phillips, and Marc D. Hauser (2007) ‘The Perception of Rational, Goal-Directed Action in Nonhuman Primates’. Science 317: 1402-1405.

Apes, as well as New and Old World monkeys, can analyze goal-directed actions and infer the underlying rationale.
September 21
McGonigle, Brendan, and Margaret Chalmers (2001) ‘The Growth of Cognitive Structure in Monkeys and Men’. In: Animal Cognition and Sequential Behavior: Behavioral, Biological, and Computational Perspectives, by Stephen B. Fountain, Michael D. Bunsey, Joseph H. Danks, and Michael K. McBeath (Eds). New York: Springer: 287-332.
September 7
Blaisdell, Aaron P., Kosuke Sawa, Kenneth J. Leising, and Michael R. Waldmann (2006) ‘Causal Reasoning in Rats’. Science 311:1020-1022

David Premack (2007) ‘Human and animal cognition: Continuity and discontinuity’. PNAS 104 (35): 13861-13867
Readings from the Spring 07 semester

April 13
McGonigle, Brendan and Margaret Chalmers (Forthcoming) 'Insight and relational mechanisms'. To appear in The Encyclopedia of Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, edited by D. Mills, CABI Publishing.

McGonigle, Brendan and Margaret Chalmers (In Press) 'Ordering and executive functioning as a window on the evolution and development of cognitive systems'. International Journal of Comparative Psychology (Special issue on Comparative, Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology)
March 30
Collier-Baker, Emma, Joanne M. Davis, and Thomas Suddendorf (2004) "Do Dogs (Canis familiaris) Understand Invisible Displacement?" Journal of Comparative Psychology Copyright 2004 by the American Psychological Association 118 (4): 421- 433

Topal, Jozsef, Richard W. Byrne, Adam Miklosi & Vilmos Csanyi (2006) "Reproducing human actions and action sequences: "Do as I Do!" in a dog". Anim Cogn (2006) 9:355-367
March 2
Thomas R. Zentall (2006). Imitation: definitions, evidence, and mechanisms. Anim Cog 9:335-353

Miclósi, Ádám (1999). The ethological analysis of imitation. Biol. Rev. 74:347- 347
February 16
Huber, Ludwig and Gyula K. Gajdon (2006) Technical intelligence in animals: the kea model. Anim Cogn 9:295-305

Seibt, Uta and Wolfgang Wickler (2006) Individuality in Problem Solving: String Pulling in Two Carduelis Species (Aves: Passeriformes). Ethology 112 (2006) 493-502

Heinrich, Bernd and Thomas Bugnyar (2005) Testing Problem Solving in Ravens: String-Pulling to Reach Food. Ethology 111, 962-976
February 2
Hunt, Gavin R., Robb B. Rutledge, and Russell D. Gray (2006) The right tool for the job: what strategies do wild New Caledonian crows use? Anim Cogn 9:307-316

Weir, Alex A. S. and Alex Kacelnik (2006) A New Caledonian crow (Corvus moneduloides) creatively re-designs tools by bending or unbending aluminium strips. Anim Cogn 9:317-334

Silva, Francisco J. and Silva, Kathleen M. (2005) Methodological-conceptual problems in the study of chimpanzees' fold physics: How studies with adult humans can help. Learning & Behavior 33(1), 47-58.
January 19
Watanabe, Shigeru and Ludwig Huber (2006). Animal logics: Decisions in the absence of human language. Animal Cognition 9 (4): 235-245

Benard, Julie, Silke Stach and Martin Giurfa (2006). Categorization of visual stimuli in the honeybee Apis mellifera. Animal Cognition 9 (4): 257-270
Readings from the Fall 06 semester

December 1
Biro, Dora, Claudia Sousa, and Tetsuro Matsuzawa (2006). "Ontogeny and Cultural Propagation of Toll Use by Wild Chimpanzees at Bossou, Guinea: Case Studies in Nut Cracking and Leaf Folding". In: Cognitive Development in Chimpanzees, T. Matsuzawa, M. Tomonaga, and M. Tanaka (eds), Springer.

Hunt, G.R. and Gray, R.D. (2003). Diversification and cumulative evolution in tool manufacture by New Caledonian crows. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London B 270, 867-874.

Background reading

Caro TM, Hauser MD. (1992). "Is there teaching in nonhuman animals?", Q Rev Biol. 67(2):151-74.

Miklósi, Ádám (1999). "The ethological analysis of imitation", Biol. Rev. 74: 347-374
November 17
Okamoto-Barth, Sanae, and Masaki Tomonaga (2006) "Development of Joint Attention in Infant Chimpanzees". In: Cognitive Development in Chimpanzees, T. Matsuzawa, M. Tomonaga, and M. Tanaka (eds), Springer, Chapter 10.

Myowa-Yamakoshi, Masako (2006) "How and When do Chimpanzees Acquire the Ability to Imitate?" In: Cognitive Development in Chimpanzees, T. Matsuzawa, M. Tomonaga, and M. Tanaka (eds), Springer, Chapter 14.

Background reading

Hirata, Satoshi (2006) "Tactival Deceltpion and Understanding of Others in Chimpanzees". In: Cognitive Development in Chimpanzees, T. Matsuzawa, M. Tomonaga, and M. Tanaka (eds), Springer, Chapter 17
October 13
Kawai, Nobuyuki (2006) "Cognitive abilities before birth: learning and long-lasting memory in a chimpanzee fetus". In: Cognitive Development in Chimpanzees, T. Matsuzawa, M. Tomonaga, and M. Tanaka (eds), Springer.

Papini, Mauricio R. (2002) THEORETICAL NOTES: Pattern and Process in the Evolution of Learning. Psychologicl Review 109 (1): 186-201.
September 29
Hauber, M. E. and Sherman, P. W. (2001). Self-referent phenotype matching: theoretical considerations and empirical evidence. Trends Neurosci. 24, 609-616.

West, M.J., A.P. King, D.J. White, J. Gros-Louis & G. Freed-Brown (In press). The development of local song preferences in female cowbirds (Molothrus ater): Flock living stimulates learning. Ethology.
September 15
Göth, A. & Evans, C.S. 2004. Social responses without early experience: Australian brush-turkey chicks use specific visual cues to aggregate with conspecifics. Journal of Experimental Biology, 207, 2199-2208.

Göth, A. & Evans, C.S. 2005. Life-history and social learning: megapode chicks fail to acquire feeding preferences from conspecifics. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 119, 381-386.

Readings from the Spring 06 semester

Feb 13
Hutchinson, John M.C. and Gerd Gigerenzer (2005). 'Simple heuristics and rules of thumb: Where psychologists and behavioural biologists might meet.' Behavioural Processes 69 (2): 97-124

Hutchinson, John M.C. and Gerd Gigerenzer (2005). 'Connecting behavioural biologists and psychologists: Clarifying distinctions and suggestions for further work'. Behavioural Processes 69 (2): 159-163

The second paper is a response to 10 short commentaries which I have not copied. If you want to have a look at them, the issue is available over Science Direct
April 10
Prologue and chapter 1 from Gary Lucas' book in progress "The Emergent Chain" on the emergence of consciousness:
Readings from the Fall 05 semester

Sept 9

N.J. Mackintosh, N. J. (2002), "Do not ask whether they have a cognitive map, but how they find their way about". Psicológica 23, 165-185.

Sept 21

Clayton, N. S., Emery, N. J. & Dickinson, A. (forthcoming), "The rationality of animal memory: The cognition of caching". In: S. Hurley and M. Nudds (eds.) Rational Animals, Oxford University Press.

Oct 7

Schwartz, Bennett L. and Sian Evans (2001) Episodic Memory in Primates. American Journal of Primatology 55:71-85 (2001)

Background reading:

Schwartz, Bennett L., Megan L. Hoffmann, and Sian Evans (2005). Episodic-like memory in a gorilla: A review and new Findings. Learning and Motivation 36 (2005) 226-244

Hampton, Robert R., Benjamin M. Hampstead, and Elisabeth A. Murray (2005). Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) demonstrate robust memory for what and where, but not when, in an open-Weld test of memory. Learning and Motivation 36 (2005) 245-259

Babb, Stephanie J. and Jonathon D. Crystal (2005), Discrimination of what, when, and where: Implications for episodic-like memory in rats. Learning and Motivation 36 (2005) 177-189

Oct 21

Eichenbaum, Howard, Norbert J. Fortin, Ceren Ergorul, Sean P. Wright, Kara L. Agster (2005) Episodic recollection in animals: "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck". Learning and Motivation 36: 190-207

Zentall, Thomas R. (2005) Animals may not be stuck in time. Learning and Motivation 36: 208-225

Background reading:

Suddendorf, Thomas and Janie Busby (2003) Mental time travel in animals? TRENDS in Cognitive Sciences 7 (9): 391-396

Hampton, Robert R. (2001) Rhesus monkeys know when they remember . PNAS 98 (9): 5359-5362

Nov 4

Mercado III, Eduardo, Scott O. Murray, Robert K. Uyeyama,· Adam A. Pack, and Louis M. Herman (1998). Memory for recent actions in the bottlenosed dolphin (Tursiops truncatus): Repetition of arbitrary behaviors using an abstract rule. Animal Learning & Behavior 26 (2), 210-218

Mercado III, Eduardo, Robert K. Uyeyama,· Adam A. Pack, and Louis M. Herman (1999). Memory for action events in the bottlenosed dolphin. Anim Cogn 2: 17-25

Zentall, Thomas R., Tricia S. Clement, Ramesh S. Bhatt, and Jessica A. Allen (2001). Episodic-like memory in pigeons. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 8 (4): 685-690

Background reading:

Lori Marino (2004). Cetacean Brain Evolution: Multiplication Generates Complexity. International Journal of Comparative Psychology 17: 1-16.

Nov 18

Dally, JM, Emery, NJ & Clayton, NS. (in Press). Cache protection strategies by western scrub-jays: Implications for social cognition. Animal Behaviour 2005.

This paper discusses the implication of cache protection strategies in scrub jays for complex and social cognition, such as mental time travel, experience projection and possibly knowledge attribution, all which have been implicated for the possession of 'Theory of Mind'. This research group did a handful of different experiments testing distinctive social contexts and their influence on cache protection strategy. If there is interest have these papers on file.

Emery, NJ, Dally, J & Clayton, NS (2004). Western scrub-jays (Aphelocoma californica) use cognitive strategies to protect their caches from thieving conspecifics. Animal Cognition 7: 37 -43.

The main interest in this paper is the part in which it shows that jays (which already had experience pilfering other bird's caches) observing the pilfering of their cache by other birds will change their recovery strategy from re-caching to eating their caches.

de Kort, SR, Tebbich, S, Dally, JM, Emery, NJ & Clayton, NS. (2005). The comparative cognition of caching. In: Wasserman, EA & Zentall, TR (Eds.), Comparative Cognition: Experimental explanations of animal intelligence. Oxford University Press: Oxford.

This paper gives a nice overview over the avian food-caching paradigm: species differences in caching, the role of cognition in caching (episodic-like memory, social cognition), cognition in cache recovery (esp. its social aspects), and evolutionary considerations (comparison of corvid species for spatial capacities and between corvids and parids). According to amazon the book came out in June, but is for some strange reason not available.

Background reading:

Emery, NJ & Clayton, NS (2001). Effects of experience and social context on prospective caching strategies in scrub jays. Nature, 414, 443-446. See also Nature, 414, ix, and Correction in Nature, 416, 349 (2002).

This paper is a reminder of earlier experiments showing that jays with prior experience of pilfering another bird's caches subsequently re-cached food in new cache site, but only if they had been observed caching (Experiment 4 and 5 seen in figures 4 and 5 of the paper from Sept 23).

Dec 2

Gácsi, M.; A. Miklósi; O. Varga; J. Topál; V. Csányi. 2004. Are readers of our face readers of our minds? Dogs (Canis familiaris) show situation-dependent recognition of human's attention. Animal Cognition 7: 144-153

Soproni, K; Á. Miklósi ;V. Csányi; and J. Topál. 2001. Comprehension of Human Communicative Signs in Pet Dogs (Canis familiaris). Journal of Comparative Psychology 115 (2): 122-126

Allen, Colin. Forthcoming. Macaque Mirror Neurons: Detecting Intentions Intentionally? Penultimate draft, in preparation for Grammont, F. (ed.) (2006?) Naturalizing Intention in Action, MIT Press. Comments welcome.