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Title Animal cognition: Testing for theory of mind in fish.
Laboratory based experimental work.
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 30-36
Supervisor(s) S�verine Kotrschal
Examiner(s) Marc Naguib
Contact info severine.kotrschal@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/10/12
End date 2023/04/01
Description Fish are known to learn socially and copy the behaviour of conspecifics especially in a mate choice and foraging context. But are they also capable to assess the cognitive skills of another individual and adjust their copying or social learning behaviour respectively? In our laboratory using guppies or cichlids, we can ask the question: do individuals learn quicker from conspecifics that they had previously seen to perform well in a certain task when compared to conspecifics that performed badly in this task?
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