Alien Minds: Evidence of intelligence in coleoid cephalopods
|dc.identifier.citation||Shorser, L. (2011). Alien Minds: Evidence of intelligence in coleoid cephalopods (Thesis, Master of Science Communication). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/2018||en|
|dc.description.abstract||Cephalopods are a group of animals that are becoming increasingly popular subjects for cognitive studies, but they are not well-known for their intelligence outisde the scientiﬁc world. A literature review was conducted to determine what “intelligence” is, and to what extent the scientiﬁc literature supports the idea of cephalopods being intelligent animals. A deﬁnition of intelligence as an animal’s degree of mental and behavioural ﬂexibility was established based on a review of existing deﬁnitions, and possible driving forces behind the evolution of cephalopod intelligence were discussed. A review of the evidence for cephalopod intelligence was conducted; topics investigated included learning, problem-solving, decision-making, communication, play behaviour, personalities, tool-use, mirror self-recognition, and neural properties. Cephalopods were found to be intelligent beings by virtue of their learning, problem-solving and decision-making abilities. Other areas of investigation, such as play and personality, were suggestive of intelligence but were not conclusive. The information from the literature review was then used to write a non-ﬁction book on the topic of cephalopod intelligence aimed at a lay adult audience. The book combined studies from the literature review with personal anecdotes and experiences to both educate and entertain the reader.|
|dc.publisher||University of Otago|
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|dc.title||Alien Minds: Evidence of intelligence in coleoid cephalopods|
|thesis.degree.name||Master of Science Communication|
|thesis.degree.grantor||University of Otago|
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