Jennifer Mather, What is in an octopus's mind?


Mather (2019) provides an excellent overview of the literature on octopus perception, cognition, memory, and behavior. Anyone interested in cephalopod cognition and brain organization will find her target article informative and interesting. In this commentary, I challenge the idea that an individual organism must have an individual mind. Given the structure of the octopus brain and their complex behavior, one must consider the possibility that an octopus is a community of minds rather than a single mind.

Author Biography

Bennett L. Schwartz is a Professor of Psychology at Florida International University. His research focuses on metacognition and other issues of consciousness. He is the author of Memory: Foundations and Applications (3rd) and Sensation and Perception (with John Krantz). He is currently editor of New Ideas in Psychology. Website