Do insects feel pain? — A biological view

  title={Do insects feel pain? — A biological view},
  author={CRAIG H. Eisemann and W. K. Jorgensen and David John Merritt and Martin J. Rice and Bronwen W. Cribb and Philip Webb and M. P. Zalucki},
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The author discusses some examples, extracted from the literature on crustacean decapods, that pinpoint their nature of "sentient" animals, and shows that research is still scanty in the field.
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Is it pain if it does not hurt? On the unlikelihood of insect pain
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    The Canadian Entomologist
  • 2019
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Defining and assessing animal pain
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    Journal of Insects as Food and Feed
  • 2019
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How to Reply to Some Ethical Objections to Entomophagy
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  • 2019
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An Introduction to Nervous Systems
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When we attempt to infer from an animal’s overt behavior whether its brain might be thinking or merely computing, a variety of intuitively suggestive lines of evidence become unreliable. Many
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Learning of Leg Position by Headless Insects
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The Puzzle of Pain
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