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Iyengar, Soumya and Parishar, Pooja and Mohapatra, Alok Nath (2017) Avian Cognition and Consciousness—From the Perspective of Neuroscience and Behaviour. In: Self, Culture and Consciousness. Springer, pp. 23-50.

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Are birds conscious? Birds and primates occupy similar ecological niches, face similar challenges in foraging for food, and live in large social groups. Despite the fact that brain evolution is divergent in birds and mammals, the evolution of brain function is convergent. A number of studies on neural networks, structure, function and behaviour have demonstrated striking similarities between the overall organisation of the brain in humans, other primates and birds. Taken together, this data suggests that both cognition and consciousness may have evolved independently and in parallel across different species of birds and mammals. The present review focuses on the remarkable cognitive abilities of different species of birds such as problem-solving, tool use, mathematical abilities and self-awareness, the neural circuits underlying these behaviours and attempts to link the avian brain and behaviour to consciousness.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Neurodegenerative Disorders
Neuro-Oncological Disorders
Neurocognitive Processes
Neuronal Development and Regeneration
Informatics and Imaging
Genetics and Molecular Biology
Depositing User: Dr. D.D. Lal
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 10:39
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2021 07:05
URI: http://nbrc.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/432

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