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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?$
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Vinciane Despret

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692378

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692378.001.0001

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What are rats interested in during experiments?

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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Vinciane Despret

, Brett Buchanan
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers animals’ capacities for interest and disinterest, and how the latter often classifies them as antibehaviourist or unsuitable for analysis. The author eschews traditional behaviourist understandings of stimuli and response for a broader concept of what might interest an animal beyond the incentives and objectives offered it by humans, such as reward derived from negotiating social relationship with its brethren and humans.

Keywords:   animal negotiation, antibehaviourism, interest and disinterest, conditioning, reward

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