Edited By: Russel P Balda, Irene M Pepperberg and Alan C Kamil
465 pages, Illus, figs, tabs
Developing ideas first proposed in the 1960s - optimality, optimal foraging theory, sociobiology, kin selection - this volume surveys those areas of animal behaviour most likely to show how cognitive abilities, used in natural settings, could be employed to explain the complexity of observed behaviours. All of the contributors utilise a synthetic approach to integrate field and laboratory observations with psychological and biological information. A landmark volume.
All the authors present their most contemporary data and discuss them in a cognitive framework, considering the advantages and disadvantages of such a framework. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the interface between ecology, ethology and animal cognition. --Juan Carlos Reboreda in IBIS (2000)
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