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A fish eye view of the mirror test

Authors
  • Vonk, Jennifer1
  • 1 Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA , Rochester (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Learning & Behavior
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Jun 17, 2019
Volume
48
Issue
2
Pages
193–194
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3758/s13420-019-00385-6
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Reactions to a recent study suggesting that cleaner wrasse can pass the mirror self-recognition test (Kohda et al. in PLOS Biology, 17(2), e3000021, 2019) reveal more about scientists’ biases than about self-awareness. Scientists should base conclusions about species’ abilities based on the corpus of data on that species rather than on a single test or preconceived expectations based on phylogeny alone.

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