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Fish cognition and behaviour
Brown, C.; Laland, K.N.; Krause, J. (2006). Fish cognition and behaviour, in: Brown, C. et al. (Ed.) Fish cognition and behavior. Fish and Aquatic Resources Series, 11: pp. 1-8
In: Brown, C.; Laland, K.N.; Krause, J. (Ed.) (2006). Fish cognition and behavior. Fish and Aquatic Resources Series, 11. Blackwell Publishing: Oxford. ISBN 978-1-4051-3429-3. XVIII, 328 pp., more
In: Pitcher, T.J. (Ed.) Fish and Aquatic Resources Series. Blackwell Science: Oxford. ISSN 1746-2606, more

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Keywords
    Ethology; Fish culture; Learning behaviour; Marine

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  • Brown, C.
  • Laland, K.N.
  • Krause, J.

Abstract
    The field of animal cognition is the modern approach to understanding the mental capabilities of animals. The theories are largely an extension of early comparative psychology, with a strong influence of behavioural ecology and ethology. Cognition has been variously defined in the literature, with some confining it to higher order mental functions including awareness, reasoning and consciousness. A more general definition, however, includes perception, attention, memory formation and executive functions related to information processing such as learning and problem solving. The study of animal cognition has been largely centred on birds and mammals, particularly non-human primates. This bias in the literature is, in part, a result of the approach taken in the 1950s when cognitive psychologists began to compare known human mental processes with other closely related species. This bias was reinforced by an underlying misconception that learning played little or no role in the development of behaviour in reptiles and fishes.

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