New thoughts on animal thinking

CBR member, neuropsychologist, and author Professor Michael Corballis features in the news section of the latest Science Magazine, commenting on a recent study which builds on his groundbreaking ‘Mental Time Travel’ work.

 
‘Mental Time Travel’ is the phrase coined by Professor Corballis and his colleague Thomas Suddendorf in a 2007 paper, which explored humans’ ability to utilise and recombine existing memories in novel ways in order to imagine an effectively infite number of possible future scenarios.

 
At the time, the pair thought that this was an ability only humans posessed, but further research by others is causing Professor Corballis to reassess this view, which could lead to a major shift in the ways we think of animal consciousness.

 
Read the Science article here: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6135/909.full

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