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Animal Cognition

Animal Cognition

Editor-in-Chief: Debbie M. Kelly

ISSN: 1435-9448 (print version)
ISSN: 1435-9456 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10071

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Founding Editor:

Tatiana Czeschlik
Heidelberg, Germany



Debbie M. Kelly
Department of Psychology
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB,  R3T 2N2
e-mail: animal.cognition.editor@umanitoba.ca

Editorial Assistant:

Kevin Leonard
University of Manitoba
e-mail: animal.cognition.editor@umanitoba.ca

Associate Editors:

Christian Agrillo
Department of General Psychology
University of Padova
35131 Padova, Italy
e-mail: christian.agrillo@unipd.it

Kim A. Bard
Department of Psychology
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
United Kingdom
e-mail: kim.bard@port.ac.uk

Ken Cheng
Department of Biological Sciences
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
e-mail: ken.cheng@mq.edu.au

Kazuhiro Goto
Department of Human Psychology
Sagami Women's University
Sagamihara, Kanagawa 252-0383, Japan
e-mail: kazuhiro.goto@gmail.com

Jeffrey S. Katz
Department of Psychology
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849-5214, USA
e-mail: katzjef@auburn.edu

Monique A.R. Udell
Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
e-mail: MoniqueUdell@gmail.com

Editorial Board:

James R. Anderson, Kyoto, Japan
Michael J. Beran, Atlanta, GA, USA
Laura Marina Biondi, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Sarah F. Brosnan, Atlanta, GA, USA
Richard Byrne, St Andrews, UK
Josep Call, Leipzig, Germany
Jonathon D. Crystal, Bloomington, IN, USA
Winand H. Dittrich, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Nathan J. Emery, London, UK
Theodore A. Evans, Atlanta, GA, USA
Sylvain Fiset, Edmundston, NB, Canada
Martin Giurfa, Toulouse, France
Susan Healy, St Andrews, UK
Ludwig Huber, Vienna, Austria
Vincent Janik, St Andrews, UK
Stephen E.G. Lea, Exeter, UK
David A. Leavens, Falmer, UK
Suzanne MacDonald, Toronto, ON, Canada
Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Kyoto, Japan
Ádám Miklósi, Budapest, Hungary
Robert W. Mitchell, Richmond, KY, USA
Rebecca E. Nordquist, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Britta Osthaus, Canterbury, UK
Lisa A. Parr, Atlanta, GA, USA
Irene M. Pepperberg, Cambridge, MA, USA
William A. Roberts, London, ON, Canada
Anne Russon, Toronto, ON, Canada
Vera Schluessel, Bonn, Germany
Marcia L. Spetch, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Michael Tomasello, Leipzig, Germany
Giorgio Vallortigara, Rovereto, Italy
Jacques Vauclair, Aix-en-Provence, France
Shigeru Watanabe, Tokyo, Japan
Thomas Zentall, Lexington, KY, USA

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    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 from invertebrates to humans.

    Animal Cognition publishes original empirical and theoretical work, reviews, methods papers, short communications and correspondence on the mechanisms and evolution of biologically rooted cognitive-intellectual structures.

    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.

    Papers on the following topics are particularly welcome:

    How do animals categorize and recognize individuals (potential mates, offspring), food, spatial  patterns?
    How do animals form concepts?
    Which rules of logic and decision are used and how do these work?
    How do animals reason about their social world?
    How do animals learn by observation, imitation and instruction?
    Animal time perception and use; causality detection
    How do animals find their way around in the world, and how do they understand spatial relations?
    Innate reaction patterns and innate bases of learning
    Numerical competence and frequency expectancies
    Symbol use; communication
    Problem solving, animal thinking and use of tools
    How do these topics relate to the natural ecology of the species concerned?
    To what extent is animal behaviour transmitted culturally?
    What kinds of collective intelligence do groups of animals show?

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