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Perception of affordances in multi-scale dynamics as an alternative explanation for equivalence of analogical and inferential reasoning in animals and humans

By Keith W. Davids and Duarte Araujo


Recent claims of equivalence of animal and human reasoning are evaluated and a study of avian cognition serves as an exemplar of weaknesses in these arguments. It is argued that current research into neurobiological cognition lacks theoretical breadth to substantiate comparative analyses of cognitive function. Evaluation of a greater range of theoretical explanations is needed to verify claims of equivalence in animal and human cognition. We conclude by exemplifying how the notion of affordances in multi-scale dynamics can capture behavior attributed to processes of analogical and inferential reasoning in animals and humans

Topics: 110603 Motor Control, 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified, 170100 PSYCHOLOGY, 170200 COGNITIVE SCIENCE, Action, Affordances, Cognition, Comparative Neurobiology, Ecological Constraints
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0959354309345637
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