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Animal Cognition in Nature: The Convergence of Psychology and Biology in Laboratory and Field

Edited By: Russel P Balda, Irene M Pepperberg and Alan C Kamil

465 pages, Illus, figs, tabs

Academic Press

Hardback | Sep 1998 | #77744 | ISBN: 012077030X
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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)


A.C. Kamil, On the Proper Definition of Cognitive Ethology. R.P. Balda and A.C. Kamil, Ecology and Evolution of Spatial Memory in Corvids of the Southwestern U.S.: The Perplexing Pinyon Jay. S.J. Shettleworth and R.R. Hampton, Adaptive Specialization of Spatial Cognition in Food Storing Birds? Approaches to Testing a Comparative Hypothesis. N.C. Clayton and D.W. Lee, Memory and the Hippocampus in Food-Storing Birds. F.C. Dyer, Spatial Cognition: Lesson from Central-Place Foraging Insects. W. Wiltschko and R. Wiltschko, The Navigation System in Birds and Its Development. V.P. Bingman, L.V. Riters, R. Strasser, and A. Gagliardo, Neuroethology of Avian Navigation. W.J. Smith, Cognitive Implication of an Information-Sharing Model of Animal Communication. L.F. Baptista, D.A. Nelson, and S.L.L. Gaunt, Cognitive Processes in Avian Vocal Acquisition. D. Todt and H. Hultsch, Hierarchical Learning, Development, and Representation of Song. D.E. Kroodsma and B.E. Byers, Songbird Song Repertoires: An Ethological Approach to Studying. T.J. De Voogd and T. Szekely, Causes of Avian Song: Using Neurobiology to Integrate Proximate and Ultimate Levels of Analysis. I.M. Pepperberg, The African Grey Parrot: How Cognitive Processing Might Affect Allospecific Vocal Learning. R.S. Wilcox and R.R. Jackson, Cognitive Abilities of Araneophagic Jumping Spiders. C.G. Beer, Varying Views of Animal and Human Cognition. Subject Index.

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