Fundamentals of Comparative Cognition / Edition 1 available in Paperback
A foremost scholar in comparative cognition--a discipline closely connected to behavioral biology, evolution, and cognitive neuroscience--author Sara J. Shettleworth delivers a focused treatment of the essentials in writing that is both lucid and captivating.
Brief, yet brimming with detail, Fundamentals of Comparative Cognition conveys the richness and complexity of this diverse field while addressing two fundamental questions: "What makes us uniquely human?" and "What do our minds share with other creatures?"
About the Author
Sara J. Shettleworth, Professor Emerita in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, is the recipient of the Comparative Cognition Society's 2008 Research Award and a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and Royal Society of Canada. Her research on learning and memory in a variety of species of birds and mammals has been published in more than 100 articles and book chapters. Her widely-read book Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior (OUP, 2010) is now in its second edition.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. What Is Comparative Cognition About?
"From Darwin to Behaviorism": A Little History
Research in the Twenty-First Century: Tool-Using Crows
How This Book Is Organized
Chapter 2. Basic Processes
Perception and Attention
Discrimination, Classification, and Concepts
Chapter 3. Physical Cognition
Spatial Cognition: How Do Animals Find Their Way Around?
Two Timing Systems
Putting It Together: Foraging and Planning
Chapter 4. Social Cognition
Social Behavior: The Basics
Chapter 5. Comparative Cognition and Human Uniqueness
Different in Degree or Kind?
Clues from Modularity and Development