Peneaux, Chloe, Guez, David, and Griffin, Andrea S. (2017) Innovation. In: Vonk, Jennifer, and Shackelford, Todd, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.

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[Extract] a Barbados bullfinch, Loxigilla barbadensis, lands on a table at a coffee shop, flips over sugar packet, and, after piercing it with its beak, fees on the sugar. A bottle-nose dolphin (Tursips sp.) in the Shark Bay, Australia, removes a marine sponge from the substrate and wears it over its rostra as ait probes the rough seafloor. A new Zealand kea (Nestor notabilis) skillfully topples over a trash bin lid, gaining access to the food scraps within. The apparent ability of nonhuman animals to develop novel solutions to the challenges of everyday life is a constant source of delight for the broader public and one of the constant scientific enquiries for scholars. Behavioral innovations, defined as novel behaviors or preexisting ones used in novel contexts, are now recognized as a key source of behavioral plasticity and, as such, have become central to our thinking of how animals adjust to novel and changing environments.

Item ID: 52654
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-3-319-47829-6
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2018 00:38
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170299 Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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