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Sep. 14th, 2007 @ 06:53 pm (no subject)
Does anyone know of any cognitive studies done on elephants, other than the mirror self recognition test? There's a lot of anecdotal evidence for elephant intelligence and memory, but not really any concrete scientific evidence. Or so I can find.
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Date:September 15th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
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Check out "Drawing the Line" by Steven M. Wise. They have a chapter on elephant cognition.
Date:November 9th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)

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You want to look up research by Hal Markowitz, Ann Savage, Robert H.I. Dale, Melissa Shyan, and others. There is research out there, but some of it is old, and some of it hasn't been published yet in refereed scientific journals. Here's a starting list of references:

Dale, R. H. I., Hagan, D.A., & Shyan, M. R. (1994).Abstract: Spatial memory in captive African elephants. Proceedings of the 13th International Elephant Workshop, 55-56.

Dale, R.H.I., Peterson, J.F.., & Shyan, M.R. (in press). Proactive interference in spatial memory tests with African elephants. To be published in the Proceedings of the 16th Annual International Elephant Workshop, Elephant Managers Association, Portland, OR, October 12-15.

Dale, R.H.I., Shyan, M.R., & Hagan, D. (1994). Long-term retention of a short-term memory task by five female African elephants (Loxodonta africana). Proceedings of the 14th Annual Elephant Managers Conference, 12-15.