A FORMAL NOTATION TO AID ANALYSIS OF COMPLEX BEHAVIOR - UNDERSTANDING THE TACTICAL DECEPTION OF PRIMATES

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

9 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

A formal notation is argued to be useful in representing theories of complex animal behaviour. This ''production system'' approach, originally derived from artificial intelligence, is explained with a series of examples of tactical deception in primates. These examples are controversial, since they might suggest intentionality and thinking in non-humans, and their interpretation is not straightforward. The ease of representing competing explanations of sophisticated behaviour (for instance those used in behaviourist psychology, animal ethology, and cognitive science) in the single formalism of production systems, may eventually aid a rapprochement between disciplines with interests in the evolution of intelligence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-246
Number of pages16
JournalBehaviour
Volume127
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1993

Keywords

  • ROLE REVERSAL
  • EMPATHY

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'A FORMAL NOTATION TO AID ANALYSIS OF COMPLEX BEHAVIOR - UNDERSTANDING THE TACTICAL DECEPTION OF PRIMATES'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this