Animal intelligence: An experimental study of the associative processes in animals.

  title={Animal intelligence: An experimental study of the associative processes in animals.},
  author={Edward Lee Thorndike},
  journal={American Journal of Psychology},
  • E. Thorndike
  • Published 1 September 1898
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Psychology
II T his monograph is an attempt at an explanation of the nature of the process of association in the animal mind. Inasmuch as there have been no extended researches of a character similar to the present one either in subject-matter or experimental method, it is necessary to explain briefly its standpoint. Our knowledge of the mental life of animals equals in the main our knowledge of their sense-powers, of their instincts or reactions performed without experience, and of their reactions which… 


Modem animal psychology has approached the problem of the language of animals in a scientific way and has studied it by careful observation, cautious interpretation and critical experiment and once again it was proved that popular and scientific opinion do not agree.

A Century Of Effect: Legacies Of E. L. Thorndike's Animal Intelligence Monograph.

  • K. Lattal
  • Psychology, Biology
    Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior
  • 1998
Edward L. Thorndike’s monograph, Animal Intelligence, is reviewed with respect to three contemporary issues: the relation between human behavior and that of other animals, the law of effect, and research methods for studying behavior.

The Science of Animal Cognition: Past,

The field of animal cognition is strongly rooted in the philosophy of mind and in the theory of evolution. Despite these strong roots, work during the most famous and active period in the history of


The object of the present paper is to survey the knowledge of the learning abilities of birds and consider them in relation to the theory of instinctive behaviour, including trial-and-error learning and the nature of insight learning.

The Pleasure Principle

The list of "concepts that psychology really can't do without" includes such notions as neuronal connectionism, degrees of consciousness, mental representation of information, and dissociation. Of

Theory of mind in nonhuman primates

  • C. Heyes
  • Psychology, Biology
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 1998
A procedure that uses conditional discrimination training and transfer tests to determine whether chimpanzees have the concept “see” is proposed and critics are invited to identify flaws in the procedure and to suggest alternatives.

Building a Science of Animal Minds: Lloyd Morgan, Experimentation, and Morgan’s Canon

It is argued that Morgan underwent two quite different shifts of attitude towards the proper practice of comparative psychology, the first a qualified acceptance of the Romanesian approach to comparative psychology that he had initially criticized, and the second a shift away from Romanes’ reliance on systematizing anecdotal evidence of animal intelligence towards an experimental approach, focused on studying the development of behaviour.

Building a Science of Animal Minds: Lloyd Morgan, Experimentation, and Morgan’s Canon

Conwy Lloyd Morgan (1852–1936) is widely regarded as the father of modern comparative psychology. Yet, Morgan initially had significant doubts about whether a genuine science of comparative


A PRELIMINARY glance at this very substantial volume—one of the largest in the important series to which it belongs—might cause one to wonder at certain of its features. Why, for example, should