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Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

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Thomas R. Zentall, Cognitive dissonance or contrast?

Abstract

Zentall’s thoughtful review of the literature on cognitive dissonance in nonhumans helps to highlight the common finding that similar outcomes in humans and nonhumans can be attributed to different underlying mechanisms. I advocate a more fully comparative approach to the underlying mechanisms, avoiding the assumption of shared processes in humans and nonhumans.

Author Biography

Jennifer Vonk is an associate professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She is the director of the Laboratory of Cognitive Origins, and has studied a wide range of cognitive processes and behaviors in a wide range of species, resulting in 50 peer-reviewed journal publications and more than 30 edited chapters and commentaries. http://www.jennifervonk.com/