Quantitative abilities of invertebrates : a methodological review
|Author:||Gatto, Elia1; Loukola, Olli J.2; Agrillo, Christian1,3|
1Department of General Psychology, University of Padova, Via Venezia 8, 35131, Padua, Italy
2Ecology and Genetics Research Unit, University of Oulu, POB 3000, 90014, Oulu, Finland
3Padova Neuroscience Center, University of Padova, Padua, Italy
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022041228425
|Publish Date:|| 2022-06-17
Quantitative abilities are widely recognized to play important roles in several ecological contexts, such as foraging, mate choice, and social interaction. Indeed, such abilities are widespread among vertebrates, in particular mammals, birds, and fish. Recently, there has been an increasing number of studies on the quantitative abilities of invertebrates. In this review, we present the current knowledge in this field, especially focusing on the ecological relevance of the capacity to process quantitative information, the similarities with vertebrates, and the different methods adopted to investigate this cognitive skill. The literature argues, beyond methodological differences, a substantial similarity between the quantitative abilities of invertebrates and those of vertebrates, supporting the idea that similar ecological pressures may determine the emergence of similar cognitive systems even in distantly related species.
|Pages:||5 - 19|
|Type of Publication:||
A2 Review article in a scientific journal
|Field of Science:||
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
113 Computer and information sciences
Open access funding provided by Università degli Studi di Padova within the CRUI-CARE Agreement. This research was funded by PRIN 2015 (grant number 2015FFATB7) from “Ministero dell'Istruzione, Università e Ricerca” (MIUR, Italy) to A.C. and by Academy of Finland (grant number 309995) to O.J.L.
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
309995 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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