Meta-cognition in Animals: A Skeptical Look

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This paper examines the recent literature on meta-cognitive processes in non-human animals, arguing that in each case the data admit of a simpler, purely first-order, explanation. The topics discussed include the alleged monitoring of states of certainty and uncertainty, knowledge-seeking behavior in conditions of uncertainty, and the capacity to know whether or not the information needed to solve some problem is stored in memory. The first-order explanations advanced all assume that beliefs and desires come in various different strengths, or degrees.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0017.2007.00329.x

Publication date: February 1, 2008

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