Study proves dolphins share human’s ability to reflect

September 28, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
clipped from www.examiner.com

J. David Smith, Ph.D., a comparative psychologist at the University at Buffalo who has conducted extensive studies in animal cognition, says there is growing evidence that animals share functional parallels with human conscious metacognition — that is, they may share human’s ability to reflect upon, monitor or regulate their states of mind.

“Comparative psychologists have studied the question of whether or not non-human animals have knowledge of their own cognitive states by testing a dolphin, pigeons, rats, monkeys and apes using perception, memory and food-concealment paradigms…The field offers growing evidence that some animals have functional parallels to humans’ consciousness and to humans’ cognitive self-awareness,” he says. Among these species are dolphins and macaque monkeys (an Old World monkey species).

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