Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling


Editor-in-Chief: Stevan Harnad, PhD, University of Quebec at Montreal
Associate Editors: Andrew Rowan, DPhil, The Humane Society of the United States
  Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, The Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy
Managing/Copy Editor: Ann Casper, Animals and Society Institute

Photograph by George Grall


An interdisciplinary journal, Animal Sentience (ASent) publishes current empirical findings on what, when and how nonhuman animals feel, along with the practical, methodological, legal, ethical, sociological, theological and philosophical implications of the findings. All articles are followed by Open Peer Commentary from specialists in the fields covered by the article; the author then responds to the commentaries.

Publication Schedule

Articles are published online as soon as they have been peer-reviewed, accepted and edited. Commentaries and Responses are published immediately after editorial review. For citation purposes, the volume number is the year of publication and the issue number reflects the order in which papers appear in the journal. The submission process is automated through the Journal’s website.

Volume 1 (2016)
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Volume 2 (2017)

Kramer, Leo Bernd (2017) What does it feel like to be an electroreceptive fish?. Animal Sentience 8(3)
Commentary on Balcombe on Fishes Know

Stauffer, Jay R., Jr. (2017) The potential for sentience in fishes. Animal Sentience 8(4)
Commentary on Balcombe on Fishes Know

Siebeck, Ulrike E. (2017) Fish are flexible learners who can discriminate human faces. Animal Sentience 8(5)
Commentary on Balcombe on Fishes Know

Levenda, Kelly (2017) Sensitizing humans to fish sentience. Animal Sentience 8(6)
Commentary on Balcombe on Fishes Know

Reber, Arthur S. (2017) To identify all the relevant factors is to explain feeling. Animal Sentience 11(14)
Response to Reber on Origins of Mind

Mallatt, Jon and Feinberg, Todd E. (2017) Consciousness is not inherent in but emergent from life. Animal Sentience 11(15)
Commentary on Reber on Origins of Mind

Vonk, Jennifer (2017) What can research on nonhumans tell us about human dissonance?. Animal Sentience 12(2)
Commentary on Zentall on Cognitive Dissonance

Eisenreich, Benjamin R. and Hayden, Benjamin Y. (2017) Choice-induced preference: A challenge for contrast. Animal Sentience 12(3)
Commentary on Zentall on Cognitive Dissonance

Harmon-Jones, Cindy; Haslam, Nick; and Bastian, Brock (2017) Dissonance reduction in nonhuman animals: Implications for cognitive dissonance theory. Animal Sentience 12(4)
Commentary on Zentall on Cognitive Dissonance

Harmon-Jones, Eddie (2017) Clarifying concepts in cognitive dissonance theory. Animal Sentience 12(5)
Commentary on Zentall on Cognitive Dissonance

Zentall, Thomas (2017) Cognitive dissonance or contrast? It could be both. Animal Sentience 12(6)
Response to Zentall on Cognitive Dissonance

Woodruff, Michael L. (2017) Consciousness in teleosts: There is something it feels like to be a fish. Animal Sentience 13(1)

Mikhalevich, Irina (2017) Consciousness, evidence, and moral standing. Animal Sentience 13(2)
Commentary on Fish Feel

Allen-Hermanson, Sean (2017) Battlefish contention. Animal Sentience 13(3)
Commentary on Fish Feel

Kujala, Miiamaaria V. (2017) Canine emotions as seen through human social cognition. Animal Sentience 14(1)

Beauchamp, Guy (2017) What can vigilance tell us about fear?. Animal Sentience 15(1)

Birch, Jonathan (2017) Animal sentience and the precautionary principle. Animal Sentience 16(1)

Marino, Lori (2017) The inconvenient truth about thinking chickens. Animal Sentience 17(1)