The Cognitive Animal: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives on Animal Cognition / Edition 1

The Cognitive Animal: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives on Animal Cognition / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0262523221
ISBN-13:
9780262523226
Pub. Date:
06/21/2002
Publisher:
MIT Press

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The Cognitive Animal: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives on Animal Cognition / Edition 1

The fifty-seven original essays in this book provide a comprehensive overview of the interdisciplinary field of animal cognition. The contributors include cognitive ethologists, behavioral ecologists, experimental and developmental psychologists, behaviorists, philosophers, neuroscientists, computer scientists and modelers, field biologists, and others. The diversity of approaches is both philosophical and methodological, with contributors demonstrating various degrees of acceptance or disdain for such terms as "consciousness" and varying degrees of concern for laboratory experimentation versus naturalistic research. In addition to primates, particularly the nonhuman great apes, the animals discussed include antelopes, bees, dogs, dolphins, earthworms, fish, hyenas, parrots, prairie dogs, rats, ravens, sea lions, snakes, spiders, and squirrels. The topics include (but are not limited to) definitions of cognition, the role of anecdotes in the study of animal cognition, anthropomorphism, attention, perception, learning, memory, thinking, consciousness, intentionality, communication, planning, play, aggression, dominance, predation, recognition, assessment of self and others, social knowledge, empathy, conflict resolution, reproduction, parent-young interactions and caregiving, ecology, evolution, kin selection, and neuroethology.

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ISBN-13: 9780262523226
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 06/21/2002
Series: Bradford Books Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 504
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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"The Cognitive Animal is the most complete and up-to-date collection of available information on the study of animal cognitive abilities. It covers numerous species and areas of research and is written in a way that makes the information accessible to readers who are not specialists in the cognitive sciences. The book also makes clear that a great deal more research needs to be done in this field, and it presents a challenging future agenda. The more we understand about the cognitive skills of the amazing animals with whom we share our planet, the greater will be our respect for them."—Jane Goodall, author of The Chimpanzees of Gombe and The Ten TrustsPlease note: I've changed the wording slightly as well as the book titles associated with Jane Goodall. Thank you.

Jane Goodall

The Cognitive Animal is the most complete and up-to-date collection of available information on the study of animal cognitive abilities. It covers numerous species and areas of research and is written in a way that makes the information accessible to readers who are not specialists in the cognitive sciences. The book also makes clear that a great deal more research needs to be done in this field, and it presents a challenging future agenda. The more we understand about the cognitive skills of the amazing animals with whom we share our planet, the greater will be our respect for them.

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