Jiani Chen

Jiani Chen
Lanzhou University | LZU · School of Life Science

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Abstracting syntactic rules is critical to human language learning. It is debated whether this ability, already present in young infants, is human- and language specific or can also be found in non-human animals, indicating it may arise from more general cognitive mechanisms. Current studies are often ambiguous and few have directly compared rule l...
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A hallmark of the human language faculty is the use of syntactic rules. The natural vocalizations of animals are syntactically simple, but several studies indicate that animals can detect and discriminate more complex structures in acoustic stimuli. However, how they discriminate such structures is often not clear. Using an artificial grammar learn...
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In recent years, researchers have been attempting to relate differences in personality (e.g. boldness, aggressiveness, exploration tendency) to variation in cognition (performances in tasks that require learning, reasoning, attention or memory, etc.) both theoretically and empirically. However, it is unclear on what basis personality and cognition...
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In an earlier study (Chen et al., 2019, Science, 363(6423), 166–167), we showed that budgerigar, Melopsittacus undulatus, females increase their preference for males that were observed solving two extractive foraging problems. Camacho-Alpízar et al. (2020, Animal Behaviour, 165, e1–e3) question whether this outcome shows that females evaluate the c...
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Who's a clever boy then? There is considerable value in choosing a smart mate. The suggestion that mate choice has thus shaped the evolution of cognition has been around since Darwin's time, but testing this hypothesis is difficult. Chen et al. found that female budgerigars shifted their preference to previously nonpreferred males after these males...
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Many animal species can detect dependencies between adjacent visual or auditory items in a string. Compared with adjacent dependencies, detecting nonadjacent dependencies, as present in linguistic constructions, is more challenging as this requires detecting a relation between items irrespective of the number and nature of the intervening items. Th...
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Adding an affix to transform a word is common across the world languages, with the edges of words more likely to carry out such a function. However, detecting affixation patterns is also observed in learning tasks outside the domain of language, suggesting that the underlying mechanism from which affixation patterns have arisen may not be language...

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