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Cognitive bias in animal behavior science: A philosophical perspective

Nematipour, Behzad and Krohs, Ulrich and Bračić, Marko (2021) Cognitive bias in animal behavior science: A philosophical perspective. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Emotional states of animals influence their cognitive processes as well as their behavior. Assessing emotional states is important for animal welfare science as well as for many fields of neuroscience, behavior science, and biomedicine. This can be done in different ways, e.g., through assessing animals’ physiological states or interpreting their behaviors. This paper focuses on the so-called cognitive judgment bias test, which has gained special attention in the last two decades and has become a highly important tool for measuring emotional states in non-human animals. However, less attention has been given to the epistemology of the cognitive judgment bias test and to disentangling the relevance of different steps in the underlying cognitive mechanisms. This paper sheds some light on both the epistemology of the methods and the architecture of the underlying cognitive abilities of the tested animals. Based on this reconstruction, we propose a scheme for classifying and assessing different cognitive abilities involved in cognitive judgment bias tests.


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Nematipour, Behzadbehzad.nematipour@uni-muenster.de
Krohs, Ulrichulrich.krohs@uni-muenster.de
Bračić, Markobracic@uni-muenster.de
Keywords: ambiguous stimuli; cognitive bias; judgment bias; emotions; representation; decision-making
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Behzad Nematipour
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2021 04:52
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2021 04:52
Item ID: 19909
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 13 March 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19909

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