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Disentangling learning from knowing: Does associative learning ability underlie performances on cognitive test batteries?

  • Jayden O. van Horik (a1) and Stephen E. G. Lea (a1)

Abstract

Are the mechanisms underlying variations in the performance of animals on cognitive test batteries analogous to those of humans? Differences might result from procedural inconsistencies in test battery design, but also from differences in how animals and humans solve cognitive problems. We suggest differentiating associative-based (learning) from rule-based (knowing) tasks to further our understanding of cognitive evolution across species.

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