Minding the gap: Why there is still no theory in comparative psychology

Clive D.I. Wynne, Johan J. Bolhuis

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The prevailing view that there is significant cognitive continuity between humans and other animals is a result of misinterpretations of the role of evolution, combined with anthropomorphism. This combination has often resulted in an over-interpretation of data from animal experiments. Comparative psychology should do what the name indicates: study the cognitive capacities of different species empirically, without naive evolutionary presuppositions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-153
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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