Cognitive Processes and Spatial Orientation in Animal and by Catherine Thinus-Blanc (auth.), Paul Ellen, Catherine

By Catherine Thinus-Blanc (auth.), Paul Ellen, Catherine Thinus-Blanc (eds.)

These volumes symbolize the lawsuits of NATO complicated research Institute related to "Cognitive techniques and Spatial Orientation in Animal and guy" held at La-Baume-les-Aix, Aix-en-Provence, France, in June-July 1985. the inducement underlying this Institute stemmed from the new advances and curiosity within the difficulties of spatial habit. In Psychology, conventional S-R thoughts have been chanced on to be unsatisfactorY for totally accounting for the complexity of spatial habit. Coupled with the decline in such an method, has been a resurgence of curiosity in cognitive kinds of options. In Ethology, investigators have started to exploit extra refined tools for the examine of homing and navigational behaviors. within the normal zone of Neuroscience, marked advances were accomplished within the knowing of the neural mechanisms underlying spatial behaviors. and at last, there was a burgeoning curiosity and physique of data in regards to the improvement of spatial habit in people. All of those elements mixed to signify the need of bringing jointly scientists operating in those parts with the rationale that any such assembly may result in a cross-fertilization of many of the components. potentially by way of offering a context during which participants of a number of the disciplines may perhaps engage, it was once felt that we would bring up the possibility of choosing these similarities and ameliorations within the suggestions and techniques universal to all teams. Such an id may provide the foundation for a next interdisciplinary learn effort.

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Ms as follows: "In confronting the classic problem of the process-product dilemma, Tolman was forced to speak about maps as products. But these maps were only products in the sense of transitory stages in an ongoing process" (p. 149). This very loose interpretation of Tolman's ideas (if their meaning had been so limpid, many misunderstandings would have been avoided) appears up-to-date in the light of what we know today. More interestingly, this interpretation is that of a geographer. This convergence of interests strongly encourages a multidisciplinary approach to spatial orientation.

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Modern-day theorists are now recogmzmg the necessity for invoking some sort of mediational concept to account for the fact that animals react to stimuli that are not physically present. However, the use of mediational concepts in animal psychology has tended to embroil theorists in controversy over such issues as "self-awareness, symbolic communication, intentionality, etc. Concern with animal consciousness has indeed dominated many of the major studies in modern animal cognition (Griffin, 1984).

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