Mental time travel in animals?

Suddendorf, Thomas and Busby, Janie (2003) Mental time travel in animals?. Trends In Cognitive Sciences, 7 9: 391-396. doi:10.1016/S1364-6613(03)00187-6

Author Suddendorf, Thomas
Busby, Janie
Title Mental time travel in animals?
Journal name Trends In Cognitive Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-6613
Publication date 2003-09-01
Year available 2003
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/S1364-6613(03)00187-6
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 7
Issue 9
Start page 391
End page 396
Total pages 6
Editor P. Collins
J. Ogilvie
Place of publication UK
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject C1
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
Abstract Are humans alone in their ability to reminisce about the past and imagine the future? Recent evidence suggests that food-storing birds (scrub jays) have access to information about what they have stored where and when. This has raised the possibility of mental time travel (MTT) in animals and sparked similar research with other species. Here we caution that such data do not provide convincing evidence for MTT. Examination of characteristics of human MTT (e.g. non-verbal declaration, generativity, developmental prerequisites) points to other avenues as to how a case for animal MTT could be made. In light of the current lack of evidence, however, we maintain that MTT is a uniquely human characteristic.
Keyword Behavioral Sciences
Psychology, Experimental
Episodic-like Memory
Autobiographical Memory
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This document is a journal review.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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School of Psychology Publications
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