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Simon M. Reader and Kevin N. Laland

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198526223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526223.001.0001

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Positive and Negative Correlates of Feeding Innovations in Birds: Evidence for Limited Modularity

Positive and Negative Correlates of Feeding Innovations in Birds: Evidence for Limited Modularity

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(p.39) Chapter 2 Positive and Negative Correlates of Feeding Innovations in Birds: Evidence for Limited Modularity
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Animal Innovation
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Louis M. Lefebvre

Johan J. Bolhuis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526223.003.0002

This chapter reviews current work on feeding innovations in birds, focusing on correlations between innovation rate and a set of cognitive, neurobiological, ecological, and evolutionary variables. It first provides a short history of the use of anecdotes in the study of feeding flexibility and then presents an overview of recent findings. Finally, it discusses the implications of inter-taxon correlations between cognitive and neural traits. The chapter argues that these correlations provide clues to the organization of animal cognition and that the current evidence supports Fodor's view that non-modular problem-solving systems co-occur with specialized input modules in the animal brain.

Keywords:   feeding innovations, cognitive variables, neurobiological variables, ecological variables, evolutionary variables, feeding flexibility, inter-taxon correlation, traits, Fodor's view, non-modular problem-solving system

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