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Humans in an Animal’s World – How Non-Human Animals Perceive and Interact with Humans

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Whilst humans undisputedly shape and transform most of earth's habitats, the number of animals (domestic and wild) living on this planet far outnumbers that of humans. Inevitably, humans have to interact with animals under a variety of circumstances, such as during conservation efforts, wildlife and zoo ...

Whilst humans undisputedly shape and transform most of earth's habitats, the number of animals (domestic and wild) living on this planet far outnumbers that of humans. Inevitably, humans have to interact with animals under a variety of circumstances, such as during conservation efforts, wildlife and zoo management, livestock husbandry, and pet keeping. Next to the question of how humans deal with these interactions and conflicts, it is crucial to understand the animal's point of view:

How do animals perceive and differentiate between humans?
How do they generalize their behavior towards humans?
And how does knowledge about humans spread socially?

In this Research Topic, we aim to collect original empirical work and review articles to get a more comprehensive and diverse picture on how humans are part of the sensory and cognitive world of non-human animals. We strongly invite contributions that pinpoint shortcomings and limitations in interpreting the available research findings, that provide new cross-disciplinary frameworks (e.g. links between conservation biology and comparative psychology, or human-animal interactions at zoos and animal welfare) and that discuss the applied implementation of these findings (e.g. for conservation attempts or livestock husbandry management).

We invite potential authors to submit articles on subtopics such as comparative psychology (e.g. human-animal communication), conservation biology (e.g. human-wildlife conflict), and issues affecting animal welfare (e.g. human-animal interactions in livestock management).

The goal of this Research Topic is to increase our understanding of how animals perceive and interact with humans and to pave the way for new cross-disciplinary endeavors.


Keywords: animal cognition, animal welfare, conservation biology, heterospecific communication, human-animal interactions


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03 August 2020 Manuscript

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