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Primate Communication: A Multimodal Approach

First book to taking a unified multimodal approach to primate communication
Provides a summary of current approaches and the most common methods used in research into primate communication
Pursues a critical discussion of current problems, pitfalls and misunderstandings in primate communication

By: Katja Liebal (Author), Bridget M Waller (Author), Anne M Burrows (Author), Katie E Slocombe (Author)

294 pages, 64 b/w photos and illustrations, 8 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 2013 | #205603 | ISBN-13: 9780521178358
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Hardback | Nov 2013 | #205604 | ISBN-13: 9780521195041
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About this book

Primates communicate with each other using a wide range of signals: olfactory signals to mark territories, screams to recruit help while fighting, gestures to request food and facial expressions to initiate play. Primate Communication brings together research on all forms of interchange and discusses what we know about primate communication via vocal, gestural, facial, olfactory and integrated multimodal signals in relation to a number of central topics. It explores the morphological, neural and cognitive foundations of primate communication through discussion of cutting-edge research. By considering signals from multiple modalities and taking a unified multimodal approach, the authors offer a uniquely holistic overview of primate communication, discussing what we know, what we don't know and what we may currently misunderstand about communication across these different forms. It is essential reading for researchers interested in primate behaviour, communication and cognition, as well as students of primatology, psychology, anthropology and cognitive sciences.


Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements

Part I. Introduction to Primate Communication
1. What is primate communication?
2. The morphology of primate communication
3. The neural substrates of primate communication

Part II. Approaches to Primate Communication
4. The methods used in primate communication
5. A multimodal approach to primate communication

Part III. Cognitive Characteristics of Primate Communication
6. Acquisition
7. Flexibility
8. Intentionality
9. Referentiality
10. A multimodal approach to the evolution of primate communication

Glossary
References
Appendix
Species index
Subject index


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Biography

Katja Liebal is Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Bridget Waller is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Acting Director of the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK.

Katie Slocombe is Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at the University of York, York, UK and Scientific Director of the Budongo Trail Chimpanzee Exhibit at Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh, UK.

Anne Burrows is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

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