Skip to main content
Contribution to Book
Beyond Anthropomorphism: Attributing Psychological Properties to Animals
  • Kristin Andrews, York University
Document Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
In the context of animal cognitive research, “anthropomorphism” is defined as the attribution of uniquely human mental characteristics to non-human animals. Those who worry about anthropomorphism in research are confronted with the question of which properties are uniquely human. As animals, humans and non-human animals1 share a number of biological, morphological, relational, and spatial properties. In addition, it is widely accepted and humans and animals share some psychological properties such as the ability to fear or desire. These claims about the properties animals share with humans are often the products of empirical work.

This file contains a post-print version of the book chapter, which has the same content as the final edited version but is not formatted according to the layout of the published book.

Citation Information
Andrews, K. (2011). Beyond anthropomorphism: Attributing psychological properties to animals. The Oxford handbook of animal ethics, 469-494.