Animal Cognition


Subject: Animal Cognition
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 15:04:04 -0500 (EST)

Animal Cognition

Animal Cognition is a soon to be released print journal with a full-text
electronic edition published by Springer Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg.

About the Journal:

Animal Cognition is an interdisciplinary journal publishing
current research from various backgrounds and disciplines
(ethology, behavioral ecology, animal behaviour and learning,
cognitive sciences, comparative psychology and evolutionary
psychology) on all aspects of animal (and human) cognition in an
evolutionary framework.

The aim of the journal is to establish the course of the evolution
of "intelligence", of the mechanisms, functions and adaptive value
of basic and complex cognitive abilities, the evolution of
intelligent behaviour and intelligent systems from invertebrates to

Animal Cognition publishes original empirical and theoretical
work, reviews, short communications and correspondence on
the mechanisms and evolution of biologically rooted
cognitive-intellectual structures. Papers should focus on the
information processing and cognitive abilities that animals use
when taking decisions in foraging, parental and mating
behaviour, avoiding predators, communicating with conspecifics,
and other domains.

Papers on the following topics are particularly welcome:

How do animals categorize and recognize individuals
(potential mates, offspring), food, spatial and time
How do animals form concepts?
Which rules of logic and decision are used and how do
these work?
What satisficing heuristics do animals use?
How do animals reason about their social world?
How do animals learn by observation, imitation and
Animal time perception and use; causality detection
Innate reaction patterns and innate bases of learning
Numerical competence and frequency expectancies
Symbol use; communication
Problem solving, animal thinking and use of tools
Modularity of the mind
How do these topics relate to the natural ecology of the
species concerned?

Experiments and field studies with animals and humans and the
comparative method will be given preference, but simulation
models and theoretical analyses will be also considered.



Chief Editor
Tatiana Czeschlik

Original posting date: 
Friday, January 23, 1998
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