The Science of Consequences and Other Convergences: What We Share with Animals (and Why It Matters)
Early behavioral scientists like B. F. Skinner were astonished to discover how many common behavior principles existed across species - similarities that apply for complex as well as basic principles, and in the mathematical models that describe behavior. Our neurophysiology, genetics, and epigenetics correspond too. Animal and human trainers are well aware of many of the behavioral commonalities, and have helped expand our knowledge of them. This talk will survey the current status of a variety of these shared features, such as unusual consequences, enrichment, choice, learning through observing, communication, and biological bases. Exploring the full range of what we share offers useful insights as well as renewed appreciation for our extraordinary potential.