Founded in 1999, the Comparative Cognition Society (CCS) is a scientific society dedicated to gaining a broad scientific understanding of the nature and evolution of cognition in human and nonhuman animals. The Comparative Cognition Society is a nonprofit scientific society with no doctrine or philosophy, except the scientific method as it is commonly understood in all natural sciences. Anyone who studies perception, learning, memory, or any other cognitive or representational process in animals is welcome. Our members include faculty members, animal behavior professionals, and students in psychology, biology, anthropology, applied animal behavior science, and related fields.
A primary activity of CCS is sponsorship of the annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition (CO3), which has been held annually each March in Melbourne, Florida since 1994. Starting in 2008, CCS has also held a one-day fall conference, scheduled to coordinate with the annual meeing of the Psychonomic Society. Both Faculty/Professional Scientist members and Student members of CCS receive a discount on conference fees. To promote student interest in comparative cognition, student conference fees are kept at a minimum.
CCS has been a leader in electronic publishing and in an effort to provide the products of our science to scientists, students, and the general public at no cost and in a format that allows dynamic illustrations of the behavior of animals and the analytic techniques used to understand it. Publication activities supported by members of the society include:
Comparative Cognition and Behavior Reviews - The first three volumes of this annual online journal of reviews are available
Two cyberbooks have been published in cooperation with the society
Avian Visual Cognition
Animal Spatial Cognition: Comparative, Neural, and Computational Approaches
Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Comparative Cognition - conference proceedings include some full-text PowerPoint™ presentations
We hope that you will choose to support these current activities of the society and our ability to take on future activities by becoming a member of the Comparative Cognition Society.