Do insects feel pain? A question at the intersection of animal behaviour, philosophy and robotics

@article{Adamo2016DoIF,
  title={Do insects feel pain? A question at the intersection of animal behaviour, philosophy and robotics},
  author={Shelley A. Adamo},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2016},
  volume={118},
  pages={75-79}
}
  • S. Adamo
  • Published 1 August 2016
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Animal Behaviour
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