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Advances in Psychological Science    2017, Vol. 25 Issue (5) : 799-809     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00799
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Animal innovation: The simplest flash of intelligence
HUANG Yun; CHENG Liang; QU Yili; ZHAO Qingbai; ZHOU Zhijin
(Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior, Ministry of Education, School of Psychology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China)
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Abstract  

Animal innovation has important ecological and evolutionary significance and provides a reference to the research on human creativity and inspiration. This review firstly summaries the definitions of animal innovation from different researchers in the recent years. Then it introduces the progress of animal innovation theories. Following that, the internal factors that affect animal innovation, i.e. exploration, neophobia, learning ability and perseverance, are summarized particularly. In the end, neural mechanisms underlying animal innovation are discussed in terms of related brain regions and neurotransmitters and potential future research areas of the animal innovation are proposed.

Keywords animal creativity      animal innovation      exploration      neophobia      learning      neural mechanism     
Corresponding Authors: CHENG Liang, E-mail: ChengL@mail.ccnu.edu.cn    
Issue Date: 15 May 2017
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HUANG Yun,CHENG Liang,QU Yili, et al. Animal innovation: The simplest flash of intelligence[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(5): 799-809.
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