The Evolution of Cognition / Edition 1

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In the last decade, "evolutionary psychology" has come to refer exclusively to research on human mentality and behavior, motivated by a nativist interpretation of how evolution operates. This book encompasses the behavior and mentality of nonhuman as well as human animals and a full range of evolutionary approaches. Rather than a collection by and for the like-minded, it is a debate about how evolutionary processes have shaped cognition.

The debate is divided into five sections: Orientations, on the phylogenetic, ecological, and psychological/comparative approaches to the evolution of cognition; Categorization, on how various animals parse their environments, how they represent objects and events and the relations among them; Causality, on whether and in what ways nonhuman animals represent cause and effect relationships; Consciousness, on whether it makes sense to talk about the evolution of consciousness and whether the phenomenon can be investigated empirically in nonhuman animals; and Culture, on the cognitive requirements for nongenetic transmission of information and the evolutionary consequences of such cultural exchange.

Contributors: Bernard Balleine, Patrick Bateson,
Michael J. Beran, M. E. Bitterman, Robert Boyd, Nicola Clayton, Juan Delius, Anthony Dickinson,
Robin Dunbar, D.P. Griffiths, Bernd Heinrich, Cecilia Heyes, William A. Hillix, Ludwig Huber,
Nicholas Humphrey, Masako Jitsumori, Louis Lefebvre, Nicholas Mackintosh, Euan M. Macphail, Peter
Richerson, Duane M. Rumbaugh, Sara Shettleworth, Martina Siemann, Kim Sterelny, Michael Tomasello,
Laura Weiser, Alexandra Wells, Carolyn Wilczynski, David Sloan Wilson.

The MIT Press

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"This important collection of essays represents most major currents ofpresent thought in animal cognition: from the modularity of the mind tocultural evolution, from the search for episodic memory in animals to theproperties of causal reasoning in humans, from honeybees to ravens.

Acrucial reference in this dynamic and rapidly evolving field." Alex Kacelnik, Professor ofBehavioural Ecology, Department of Zoology, Oxford University

Alex Kacelnik

This important collection of essays represents most major currents of present thought in animal cognition: from the modularity of the mind to cultural evolution, from the search for episodic memory in animals to the properties of causal reasoning in humans, from honeybees to ravens. A crucial reference in this dynamic and rapidly evolving field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262082860
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2000
  • Series: Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
1 Evolutionary Psychology in the Round
Cecilia Heyes
2 Psychophylogenesis: Innovations and Limitations in the
Evolution of Cognition
Ludwig Huber
3 Modularity and the Evolution of Cognition
Sara Shettleworth
4 Cognitive Evolution: A Psychological Perspective
M.E. Bitterman
5 What Must Be Known in Order to Understand
Patrick Bateson
6 Stimulus Equivalencies Through Discrimination
Juan D. Delius, Masako Jitsumori, and Martina Siemann
7 Abstraction and Discrimination
Nicholas J. Mackintosh
8 Primate Worlds
Kim Sterelny
9 Two Hypotheses About Primate Cognition
Michael Tomasello
10 Causal Cognition and Goal-Directed Action
Anthony Dickinson and Bernard W. Balleine
11 Causal Reasoning, Mental Rehearsal, and the Evolution
of Primate Cognition
Robin I.M. Dunbar
12 Cause-Effect Reasoning in Humans and Animals
Duane M. Rumbaugh, Michael J. Beran, and William A. Hillix
13 The Privatization of Sensation
Nicholas Humphrey
14 The Search for a Mental Rubicon
Euan M. Macphail
15 Declarative and Episodic-like Memory in Animals:
Personal Musings of a Scrub Jay
Nicola S. Clayton, D.P. Griffiths, and Anthony Dickinson
16 Testing Insight in Ravens
Bernd Heinrich
17 Feeding Innovations and Their Cultural Transmission
in Bird Populations
Louis Lefebvre
18 Climate, Culture, and the Evolution of Cognition
Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd
19 Gossip and Other Aspects of Language as Group-Level
David Sloan Wilson, Carolyn Wilczynski,Alexandra Wells, and Laura
Species Index
Author Index
Subject Index
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