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Comparative Cognition: Past, Present, and Future


Comparative cognition is the field of inquiry concerned with understanding the cognitive abilities and mechanisms that are evident in nonhuman species.  Assessments of animal cognition have a long history, but in recent years there has been an explosion of new research topics, and a general broadening of the phylogenetic map of animal cognition. To review the past of comparative cognition, we describe the historical trends.  In regards to the present state, we examine current “hot topics” in comparative cognition.  Finally, we offer our unique and combined thoughts on the future of the field.

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