Building blocks of human design thinking in animals

Dong, Andy, Collier-Baker, Emma and Suddendorf, Thomas (2015) Building blocks of human design thinking in animals. International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, . doi:10.1080/21650349.2015.1011700

Author Dong, Andy
Collier-Baker, Emma
Suddendorf, Thomas
Title Building blocks of human design thinking in animals
Journal name International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2165-0349
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/21650349.2015.1011700
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Observations of animal innovations range from tool making by chimpanzees to elaborately decorated nests made by bowerbirds. Such behaviors raise fundamental questions about the differences between human design thinking and the capacity of nonhuman animals to create novel objects and environments. While none of these animal innovations are based upon what we would describe as design thinking, elements of the cognitive skills that make up design thinking may exist in other species, even if they do not exist as a complete package or to the same degree of skill as in humans. Animal innovations thus provide a unique window into human design thinking. Using a comparative approach, we discuss three cognitive skills that are likely to be fundamental to the conceptual system of human design thinking: recursion, representation, and curiosity. There is evidence of two of these capacities in nonhuman animals.
Keyword Design thinking
Design cognition
Animal innovation
Comparative psychology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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