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The Memory of Animals: From the Costa Novel Award-winning author of Unsettled Ground

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Claire Fuller is my favorite storyteller. I read The Memory of Animals in one sitting, swept up by the thriller-like pace and the sheer joy of reading a great story. Yet, in the book’s aftermath, I was haunted by Neffy’s fumbling humanity in the face of loss and fear, and how courage isn’t always obvious—even to those who find it. Fuller’s books come in at the eyes, but they settle right behind the heart.

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Shettleworth SJ (2010). Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior (2nded.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-971781-1.

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This is one of the simplest tests for memory spanning a short time interval. The test compares an animal's response to a stimulus or event on one occasion to its response on a previous occasion. If the second response differs consistently from the first, the animal must have remembered something about the first, unless some other factor such as motivation, sensory sensitivity, or the test stimulus has changed.

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We have talked about long memory but who has the largest capacity for memory in the animal kingdom? Animals process information from eyes, ears, and other sensory organs to perceive the environment. Perceptual processes have been studied in many species, with results that are often similar to those in humans. Equally interesting are those perceptual processes that differ from, or go beyond those found in humans, such as echolocation in bats and dolphins, motion detection by skin receptors in fish, and extraordinary visual acuity, motion sensitivity and ability to see ultraviolet light in some birds. [30] Attention [ edit ]

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Fuller writes brilliantly about desire and the heady beginnings of new relationships. Neffy recalls intimate moments with her boyfriend Justin: “Like starting a fire that spreads outwards until it gets to my hands and the soles of my feet and sets them alight.” Past memories (or revisits) such as these work to humanise the loss the characters feel. The book is also peppered with knowledge, another trademark of Fuller’s writing. Who knew that an octopus has the same level of intelligence as a three-year-old human, or half a billion neurons located throughout its body? Tolman EC (1948). "Cognitive maps in rats and men". Psychological Review. 55 (4): 189–208. doi: 10.1037/h0061626. PMID 18870876. S2CID 42496633.

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