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Amelia Lewis
Queens University Belfast
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    In Search of a Unified Theory of Sensory Perception: Possible Links between the Vibrational Mechanism of Olfaction and the Evolution of Language.Amelia Lewis - 2020 - Biosemiotics 13 (2):261-270.
    Here, I outline the idea of a unified hypothesis of sensory perception, developed from the theoretical vibrational mechanism of olfaction, which can be applied across all sensory modalities. I propose that all sensory perception is based upon the detection of mechanical forces at a cellular level, and the subsequent mechanotransduction of the signal via the nervous system. Thus, I argue that the sensory modalities found in the animal kingdom may all be viewed as being mechanoreceptory, rather than being discrete neurophysiological (...)
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    Infantilizing Companion Animals Through Attachment Theory: Why Shift to Behavioral Ecology-Based Paradigms for Welfare.Amelia Lewis - forthcoming - Society and Animals:1-18.
    Attachment theory, proposed in the 1950s to understand the development of parent-child relationships, is often applied to human–companion animal relationships. I argue the application of this paradigm to test nonhuman animals’ social bonds with humans infantilizes mature animals and has a detrimental impact on animal welfare. The premise is that Ainsworth’s Strange Situation Test is inappropriate to investigate the emotional ties between domestic animals and humans. Instead, I propose an alternative theory, that dogs form mature social bonds with their guardians, (...)
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    A Biosemiotic Perspective on Reward-Based Animal Training Techniques.Amelia Lewis - forthcoming - Biosemiotics:1-16.
    In this paper, I examine the way humans interact with domestic companion animals, with a focus on ‘positive reward-based training’ methods, particularly for dogs. From a biosemiotic perspective, I discuss the role of animal training in today’s society and examine what binary reward- based reinforcement schedules communicate, semiotically. I also examine the extent to which reward-based training methods promote better welfare, when compared to the more traditional methods which rely on aversive stimuli and punishment, if and when they are relied (...)
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    A Semiotic Modern Synthesis: Conducting Quantitative Studies in Zoosemiotics and Interpreting Existing Ethological Studies through a Semiotic Framework.Amelia Lewis - forthcoming - Biosemiotics:1-33.
    In this paper, I present an argument that quantitative behavioural analysis can be used in zoosemiotic studies to advance the field of biosemiotics. The premise is that signs and signals form patterns in space and time, which can be measured and analysed mathematically. Whole organism sign processing is an important component of the semiosphere, with individual organisms in their Umwelten deriving signs from, and contributing to, the semiosphere, and vice versa. Moreover, there is a wealth of data available in the (...)
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    Total Umwelten Create Shared Meaning the Emergent Properties of Animal Groups as a Result of Social Signalling.Amelia Lewis - 2020 - Biosemiotics 13 (3):431-441.
    In this paper, I discuss the concept of ‘shared meaning’, and the relationship between a shared understanding of signs within an animal social group and the Umwelten of individuals within the group. I explore the concept of the ‘Total Umwelt’, as described by Tønnesen,, and use examples from the traditional ethology literature to demonstrate how semiotic principles can not only be applied, but underpin the observations made in animal social biology. Traditionally, neo-Darwinian theories of evolution concentrate on ‘fitness’ or an (...)
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  6. Ring of Gyges.Ava Agopsowicz, Yura Campbell, Fiona Dark, Raven Landwehr, Amelia Lewis & Helen Liska - 2013 - Questions 13:12-13.
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  7. Chemiosemiosis and Complex Patterned Signals: A Chemosemiotic Hypothesis of Language Evolution.Amelia Lewis - 2021 - Linguistic Frontiers 1 (4):10-24.
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    Ring of Gyges.Ava Agopsowicz, Yura Campbell, Fiona Dark, Raven Landwehr, Amelia Lewis & Helen Liska - 2013 - Questions 13:12-13.
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    Ring of Gyges.Ava Agopsowicz, Yura Campbell, Fiona Dark, Raven Landwehr, Amelia Lewis & Helen Liska - 2013 - Questions: Philosophy for Young People 13:12-13.
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