Comparative cognition for conservationists
Trends in Ecology & Evolution
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Greggor, A., Clayton, N., Phalan, B., & Thornton, A. (2014). Comparative cognition for conservationists. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 29 489-495. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2014.06.004
Every animal occupies a unique cognitive world based on its sensory capacities, and attentional and learning biases. Behaviour results from the interaction of this cognitive world with the environment. As humans alter environments, cognitive processes ranging from perceptual processes to learned behaviour govern animals’ reactions. By harnessing animals’ perceptual biases and applying insights from cognitive theory, we can purposefully alter cues to reduce maladaptive responses and shape behaviour. Despite the fundamental connection between cognition and behaviour, the breadth of cognitive theory is underutilised in conservation practice. Bridging these disciplines could augment existing conservation efforts targeting animal behaviour. We outline relevant principles of perception and learning, and develop a step-by-step process for applying aspects of cognition towards specific conservation issues.
cognition, animal conservation, perception, learning, aversive conditioning, imprinting
We would like to thank Nick Davies and several anonymous reviewers for helpful discussions and comments on the manuscript, and Edward Legg and Ljerka Ostojic for feedback on the figures. A.L.G. received generous support from the Gates-Cambridge Trust; A.T. is funded by a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship (BB/H021817/1); B.P. is funded by a Zukerman Research Fellowship at King's College.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2014.06.004
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/252746
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