Beyond the dichotomy between field and lab — the importance of studying cognition in context

Autor(en)
Lisa Horn-Péter, Giulia Cimarelli, Palmyre Boucherie, Vedrana Slipogor, Thomas Bugnyar
Abstrakt

Animals are governed by their individual and species-specific predispositions, constrained by their natural and social environment, and influenced by their daily-life experiences. Drawing a broad comparative arc from domestic dogs and corvids to nonhuman primates, we illustrate the importance of looking beyond any presumed dichotomy between field and lab studies and of acknowledging that all animals’ cognition and behavior are influenced by the social context in which an individual finds itself, as well as the empirical context imposed by us researchers. We address the need for, and benefits of properly reporting the context(s) under which cognition is investigated. This allows making valid comparisons across populations and testing for the effect of varying contexts on how flexibly animals express their cognitive abilities.

Organisation(en)
Department für Verhaltens- und Kognitionsbiologie, Core Facility KLF für Verhaltens- und Kognitionsbiologie
Externe Organisation(en)
University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice , Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
Journal
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Band
46
Anzahl der Seiten
8
ISSN
2352-1546
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2022.101172
Publikationsdatum
08-2022
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
106051 Verhaltensbiologie
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Psychiatry and Mental health, Cognitive Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/beyond-the-dichotomy-between-field-and-lab--the-importance-of-studying-cognition-in-context(7b8af3d0-f614-49db-9dea-eb9eb0c9dbf1).html