Animals process information from the world around them. Our research investigates how animal cognition functions and evolves and the mechanisms behind variation in cognition between individuals, populations and species.

 

The link between intrinsic cognitive ability, learning and patterns of generalization

We aim to disentangle the intrinsic and extrinsic factors explaining variation in how individuals learn and respond to different stimuli in their environment. We use an experimental approach where we study preferences, learning and discrimination behavior and generalization behavior in subjects that vary in cognitive ability, experience, and/or rearing conditions. The main subject species is the guppy (Poecilia reticulata).

Principal Investigators: Niclas Kolm, Gabriella Gamberale Stille
Contributing Researchers: Henrik Flink, Severine Buechel