Rational or associative? Imitation in Japanese quail
Papineau (David) & Heyes (Cecilia M.)
Source: Hurley (Susan) & Nudds (Matthew) - Rational Animals?
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  1. Much contemporary psychology assumes a fundamental distinction between associative explanations of animal behaviour, in terms of unthinking 'conditioned responses', and rational explanations, which credit animals with relevant 'knowledge' or 'understanding' or 'concepts'.
  2. This paper argues that this dichotomy is both unclear and methodologically unhelpful, serving only to distract attention from serious questions about which cognitive abilities are present in which animals.
  3. We illustrate the issues by considering recent experimental work on imitation in Japanese quail.

  1. Introduction
  2. Imitation in Japanese quail
  3. The significance of sensitivity to demonstrator reward
  4. Rational versus associative explanations of the Japanese quail
  5. Morals


Part II: Rational versus associative processes, Chapter 8

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