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Trends Ecol Evol. 1993 Nov;8(11):413-7. doi: 10.1016/0169-5347(93)90044-P.

Toward a cognitive ecology.

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Leslie Real is at the Dept of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA.


The emergence of cognitive psychology as the dominant approach to understanding human behaviors and actions acknowledges the importance of internal mental operations in generating specific behavioral responses to sets of external stimuli. Traditional behaviorist interpretations that rely primarily on external inputs as the precursors of action have been largely replaced by cognitive approaches. The main intent of this article is to outline the major areas that require exploration if we wish to apply fully the principles and insight of cognitive science to behavioral ecology.

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