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Can a restrictive definition lead to biases and tautologies?

Giraldeau, Luc-Alain; Lefebvre, Louis; Morand-Ferron, Julie (2007). Can a restrictive definition lead to biases and tautologies? Behavioral and Brain Sciences , vol. 30 , nº 4. p. 411-412. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X07002427.

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We argue that the operational definition proposed by Ramsey et al. does not represent a significant improvement for students of innovation, because it is so restrictive that it might actually prevent the testing of hypotheses on the relationships between innovation, ecology, evolution, culture, and intelligence. To avoid tautological thinking, we need to use an operational definition that is taxonomically unbiased and neutral with respect to the hypotheses to be tested.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: animal behavior; cognition; conditioning; cultural factor; ecology; evolution; exploratory behavior; hypothesis; innovative behavior; intelligence; nonhuman; social behavior; social learning; species difference
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 02 mai 2018 18:14
Dernière modification: 02 mai 2018 18:14
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/7032

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