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Natural conditions and adaptive functions of problem-solving in the Carnivora


Johnson-Ulrich, Lily; Johnson-Ulrich, Zoe; Holekamp, Kay E (2022). Natural conditions and adaptive functions of problem-solving in the Carnivora. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 44:101111.

Abstract

Physical problem-solving paradigms are popular for testing a variety of cognitive abilities linked with intelligence including behavioral flexibility, innovation, and learning. Members of the mammalian order Carnivora are excellent candidates for studying problem-solving because they occupy a diverse array of socio-ecological niches, allowing researchers to test competing hypotheses on the evolution of intelligence. Recent developments in the design of problem-solving apparatuses have enhanced our ability to detect inter-specific and intra- specific variation in problem-solving success in captive and wild carnivores. These studies suggest there may be some links between variation in problem-solving success and variation in urbanization, diet, and sociality.

Abstract

Physical problem-solving paradigms are popular for testing a variety of cognitive abilities linked with intelligence including behavioral flexibility, innovation, and learning. Members of the mammalian order Carnivora are excellent candidates for studying problem-solving because they occupy a diverse array of socio-ecological niches, allowing researchers to test competing hypotheses on the evolution of intelligence. Recent developments in the design of problem-solving apparatuses have enhanced our ability to detect inter-specific and intra- specific variation in problem-solving success in captive and wild carnivores. These studies suggest there may be some links between variation in problem-solving success and variation in urbanization, diet, and sociality.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > Cognitive Neuroscience
Health Sciences > Psychiatry and Mental Health
Life Sciences > Behavioral Neuroscience
Uncontrolled Keywords:animal cognition, carnivora, problem-solving, evolution, ecology, urbanisation, innovation, tool-use, domestication, sociality
Language:English
Date:1 April 2022
Deposited On:15 Feb 2023 10:16
Last Modified:28 Apr 2024 01:48
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2352-1546
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2022.101111
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)