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Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?

Abstract

Chapman & Huffman (2018) note that our tendency to categorize leads to a sense of human superiority that helps justify violence against nonhuman animals. Yet animals are turning out to have capacities previously thought to be uniquely human. We add a further factor that may contribute to the false sense of human superiority: the "corticocentric" bias of neuroscience. An evolutionary approach may help identify species similarities and differences, providing a better understanding of the uniqueness of each species.

Author Biography

Orit Nafcha, doctoral candidate in Psychology, University of Haifa, studies social behavior in Archerfish, the influence of social context on cognition, and the influence of different types of rewards on attentional processes and habitual behavior. Website

Shai Gabay, senior lecturer in Psychology, University of Haifa, studies the evolution and role of subcortical areas in attention, perception, mathematical abilities, social processes and mental representations. Website

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