- Sarah Krichbaum, Sarah KrichbaumAuburn University, Department of Psychology
- Adam Davila, Adam DavilaAuburn University, Department of Psychology
- Lucia LazarowskiLucia LazarowskiAuburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine
- and Jeffrey S. KatzJeffrey S. KatzAuburn University, Department of Psychology
The contemporary field of animal cognition began over 150 years ago when Charles Darwin posed questions regarding the abilities of the animal mind. Animal cognition is a science dedicated to understanding the processes and mechanisms that allow nonhumans to think and behave. The techniques that are used and the species that are studied are diverse. The historical questions originally proposed by ethologist Nikolas Tinbergen as a framework for studying animal behavior remain at the core of the field. These questions are reviewed along with the domains and methods of animal cognition with a focus on concept learning, memory, and canine cognition. Finally, ideas on how a field rich in tradition and methodological strength should proceed in the future are presented.