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Readings in Animal Cognition

Edited By: Marc Bekoff and Dale Jamieson

379 pages, Figs, tabs

MIT Press

Paperback | Feb 1996 | #47287 | ISBN: 026252208X
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Collection of twenty-four essays by leading figures in the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field. The selections are grouped in five fields: perspectives in animal cognition; cognition and evolutionary explanations; recognition, choice, vigilance, and play; communications and language; and animal minds. Seventeen of these essays are reprinted from the authors much cited two-volume collection, Interpretation and Explanation in the Study of Animal Behavior.


Part 1 Perspectives in animal cognition: the myth of anthropomorphism, John Andrew Fisher; gendered knowledge? examining influences on scientific and ethological inquiries, Lori Gruen; interpretive cognitive ethology, Hugh Wilder; concept attribution in nonhuman animals - theoretical and methodological problems in ascribing complex mental processes, Colin Allen and Marc Hauser. Part 2 Cognitive and evolutionary explanations: on aims and methods of cognitive ethology, Dale Jamieson and Marc Bekoff; aspects of the cognitive ethology of an injury-feigning bird, the piping plover, Carolyn A. Ristau; tradition in animals - field observations and laboratory analyses, Bennett G. Galef, Jr.; the study of adaptation, Randy Thornhill; the units of behaviour in evolutionary explanations, Mitchell; levels of analysis and the functional significance of helping behaviour, Walter D. Koenig and Ronald L. Mumme. Part 3 Recognition, choice, vigilance and play: the uniquitous concept of recognition with special reference to kin, Andrew R. Blaustein and Richard H. Porter; do animals choose habitats?, Michael L. Rosenzweig; the influence of models on the interpretation of vigilance, Steven L. Lima; is there an evolutionary biology of play?, Alexander Rosenberg; intentionality, social play and definition, Colin Allen and Marc Bekoff. Part 4 Communication and language: communication and expectations -a social process and the cognitive operation it depends upon and influences, W. John Smith; animal communication and social evolution, Michael Philips and Steven N. Austad; animal language - methodological and interpretive issues, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Karen E. Brakke; knowledge acquisition and asymmetry between language comprehension and production - dolphins and apes as general models for animals, Louis M. Herman and Palmer Morrel-Samuels; evolution and psychological unity, Roger Crisp; the mental lives of nonhuman animals, John Dupre; inside the mind of a monkey, Robert Seyfarth and Dorothy Cheney; a bat without qualities?, Kathleen A. Akins; afterword - ethics and the study of animal cognition, Dale Jamieson and Marc Bekoff.

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Marc Bekoff is Professor of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dale Jamieson is Director of Environmental Studies, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, and Affiliated Professor of Law at New York University.

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