Rule Governance in an African White-necked Raven (Corvus albicollis)

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Title:
Rule Governance in an African White-necked Raven (Corvus albicollis)
Author:
Cory, Emily Faun
Issue Date:
2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
Rule governance is critical to human society. However, could rule governance be found in non-human animals? A six year old, female, African white-necked raven (Covrus albicollis) named Shade correctly followed informal verbal commands to retrieve specified objects in the past. This ability was tested using two different methods. Both methods involved the researcher verbally asking the bird to retrieve one object out of two either from the same room or an adjacent room. While initial results were not significantly different than chance, review of trial recordings revealed that it is possible to predict when the bird will retrieve an incorrect object based solely on specific behaviors, termed inattentive or uninterested. Trials marked as inattentive by observers were significantly more likely to be incorrect than correct. This indicates that the bird was capable of retrieving the correct object, but that she also occasionally, intentionally retrieved the incorrect object.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
object retrieval; raven; rule governance; Psychology; verbal; corvid; intentionality
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Psychology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Jacobs, William J.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleRule Governance in an African White-necked Raven (Corvus albicollis)en_US
dc.creatorCory, Emily Faunen_US
dc.contributor.authorCory, Emily Faunen_US
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractRule governance is critical to human society. However, could rule governance be found in non-human animals? A six year old, female, African white-necked raven (Covrus albicollis) named Shade correctly followed informal verbal commands to retrieve specified objects in the past. This ability was tested using two different methods. Both methods involved the researcher verbally asking the bird to retrieve one object out of two either from the same room or an adjacent room. While initial results were not significantly different than chance, review of trial recordings revealed that it is possible to predict when the bird will retrieve an incorrect object based solely on specific behaviors, termed inattentive or uninterested. Trials marked as inattentive by observers were significantly more likely to be incorrect than correct. This indicates that the bird was capable of retrieving the correct object, but that she also occasionally, intentionally retrieved the incorrect object.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectobject retrievalen_US
dc.subjectravenen_US
dc.subjectrule governanceen_US
dc.subjectPsychologyen_US
dc.subjectverbalen_US
dc.subjectcorviden_US
dc.subjectintentionalityen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorJacobs, William J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSchwartz, Gary E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSteklis, Horst D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWenner, Christopher J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKing, James E.en_US
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