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Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

Commentary Type

Invited Commentary

Abstract

Determining what constitutes practically relevant, statistically significant evidence for animal sentience, under the precautionary principle, could be enhanced through Bayesian statistics. A Bayesian approach allows the incorporation of multiple evidence sources through prior probabilities, the tracking of changing evidence across time, and a principled means of adjusting evidentiary bars via Bayes factors.

Author Biography

Anil K. Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex. He is also a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. www.anilseth.com

Zoltan Dienes is Professor of Psychology at the School of Psychology and the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex. His main areas of publication, with over 150 papers, are consciousness and Bayesian statistics. www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/718