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Infant Chimpanzee and Human Child: A Classic 1935 Comparative Study of Ape Emotions and Intelligence / Edition 1

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Overview

This edition presents the first complete English translation of N.N. Ladygina-Kohts' journal chronicling her pioneering work with the chimpanzee, Joni. The journal entries describe and compare the instincts, emotions, play, and habits of her son Rudy and Joni as each develops. First published in Moscow in 1935 as a memoir in the Darwin Museum Series, this edition has 120 photographs, 46 drawings and an introduction by Allen and Beatrix Gardner of the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Nevada, as well as a Foreword and an Afterword by Lisa A. Parr, Signe Preuschoft, and Frans B. M. de Waal of the Living Links Center at Emory University.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A unique descriptive achievement...a healthy provocation to the modern reader's habitual psychological pigeon-holing...Today's students and other thoughtful readers should find in it an intriguing challenge: Much might be gained by convincingly filling the gap between the richness of the objective descriptions laid so generously before them and the justification of legitimate bases for ascribing particular states of emotion to these behaviors." — Andrew Whiten, Science

"Ladygina-Kohts (1890-1963) did her research in relative isolation in Stalinist Moscow while American behaviorists were relegating the human mind to a mechanical device. She compared her observations of an infant chimpanzee in her laboratory, 1913-16, with those of her own son, 1925-29. Her book was published by the Museum Darwinianum, Moscow, as volume three of its series of scientific memoirs. Waal (psychology, Yerkes' Living Links Center, Emory U.) includes all original photographs and line illustrations, and assembles commentary by other contemporary primatologists."—SciTech Book News

"Part of the charm of the book is that it allows one to lean over the author's shoulder and share her sense of discovery as a multitude of similarities between the childhood preoccupations of ape and child were discovered for the first time by her and as the equally profound mental differences began to emerge . . .But the pride of place goes to Khots's analysis of emotions and their expression——a topic that was nearly taboo during behaviorism's dominance and is still being only haltingly addressed by animal researchers today. . . Her work is a model of good science insofar as her first priority was to describe and document. Her text is supplemented by a photographic gallery that, amazingly, remains unequaled in our image-conscious times . . . A final major value of Infant Chimpanzee and Human Child is that today's students and other thoughtful readers should find it an intriguing challenge."—Science

From The Critics
Ladygina-Kohts (1890-1963) did her research in relative isolation in Stalinist Moscow while American behaviorists were relegating the human mind to a mechanical device. She compared her observations of an infant chimpanzee in her laboratory, 1913-16, with those of her own son, 1925-29. Her book was published by the Museum Darwinianum, Moscow, as volume three of its series of scientific memoirs. Waal (psychology, Yerkes' Living Links Center, Emory U.) includes all original photographs and line illustrations, and assembles commentary by other contemporary primatologists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195135657
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Series in Affective Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction to the English Edition
Dedication
Preface
Introduction
Part I. Descriptive. Behavior of Infant Chimpanzee
1. Description of the Chimpanzee
2. Chimpanzee's Emotions: Their Expressions and Their Stimuli
3. Chimpanzee's Instincts
4. Chimpanzee's Play
5. Chimpanzee's Circumspect Behavior (Deception and Slyness)
6. Using Tools
7. Chimpanzee's Imitations
8. Chimpanzee's Memory
9. Conditional Language of Gestures and Sounds
10. Natural Sounds of the Chimpanzee
Part II. Analytical. Behavior of Human Child. Comparative Psychological Study
11. Human and Chimpanzee: Comparison of Appearances
12. Human Emotions and Emotions of the Chimpanzee
13. Comparison of Human Instincts with Instincts of Chimpanzee
14. Human Play and Play of the Chimpanzee
15. Memory and Habits of the Human Child (Conditioned Reflex Acts)
Part III. Synthesis. Biopsychological Similarities and Dissimilarities in the Behavior of Infant Chimpanzee and Human Child
16. Similarities in Behavior of Human and Chimpanzee
17. Differences in the Behavior of Human and Chimpanzee
Conclusion
Notes
Acknowledgements
Afterword: Research on Facial Emotion in Chimpanzees, 75 Years Since Kohts
References

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