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Rational Animals?$
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Susan Hurley and Matthew Nudds

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528272

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528272.001.0001

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The rationality of animal memory: Complex caching strategies of western scrub jays

The rationality of animal memory: Complex caching strategies of western scrub jays

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Rational Animals?
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Nicola Clayton

Nathan Emery

Anthony Dickinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528272.003.0009

This chapter describes the cognitive abilities of western scrub jays with their complex caching strategies. It contrasts mechanistic explanations of behaviour in terms of associative processes with intentional explanations in terms of rationally flexible interactions between beliefs and desires. It explains that associative processes may seem capable of explaining memory for food caches in scrub jays because nodes activated by visual cues around the cache site become associated with those excited by food stored at the site.

Keywords:   animal memory, western scrub jays, caching strategies, behaviour, associative processes

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