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José Luis Bermúdez

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159691

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159691.001.0001

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The Problem of Thinking without Words

The Problem of Thinking without Words

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Thinking without Words
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Jose Luis Bermudez

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159691.003.0001

This chapter outlines the different types of question posed by the forms of psychological explanations of the behavior of nonlinguistic creatures given in various parts of the cognitive and behavioral sciences. Due to the cognitive turn in the behavioral and cognitive sciences in the modern age, high-level cognitive abilities are being investigated in an ever-increasing number of species and at earliest stages of human development. This chapter explores the development in the scientific study of human characteristics and animal behavior. The new discipline of cognitive ethology is essential in the study of the mental states of animals and of how those mental states manifest themselves in behavior. The three areas of cognitive ethology, developmental, psychological, and cognitive archaeology are becoming ever more closely integrated. Research into animal cognition is now employing the dishabituation paradigm.

Keywords:   cognitive sciences, human character, animal behavior, mental states, animal cognition

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