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Jennifer Mather, What is in an octopus's mind?

Abstract

Despite the reputation of octopuses as intelligent animals, their cognitive abilities seem to be mostly unknown. This should be the starting point of a long process of scientific enquiry about these taxa, which must include discussions on operational definitions first and foremost. Discussing octopus mind might prove fruitless without more basic concepts. Some approaches are suggested here.

Author Biography

Catia Correia Caeiro studies the cognitive capacities of different species (e.g., primates and domestic animals), applying a comparative and evolutionary perspective. Her research focuses on communication and emotional expression in animals. Website

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