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Animal Cognition: An Introduction to Modern Comparative Psychology

By: Jacques Vauclair

256 pages, 25 line illus

Harvard University Press

Hardback | Dec 1995 | #50156 | ISBN: 0674037030
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Clear, concise, and comprehensive overview of what we know about cognitive processes in animals. Individual chapters review the current state of knowledge about specific kinds of cognition: tool use and spatial and temporal representations; social cognition; representation communication, and language; and imitation, self-recognition, and the theory of mind.


Origins and development of the study of animal cognition: the Darwinian heritage and nineteenth-century psychology; the behaviourist break; the emergence of the cognitive approach; the modern concepts of representation and memory; the study of representation in animals; problems posed by the study of cognition in animals. Laboratory methods for assessing representation in animals: ;earning sets; mastery of relations between stimuli; category formation; serial learning as evidence of nonverbal thought; mental images in animals. Piagetian studies in animal psychology: developmental psychology and comparative psychology; the development of intelligence; sensorimotor activities in animals;"concrete operations" in animals. Tool use and spatial and temporal representations: tool use; spatial representations; temporal representations. Social cognition: experimental methods for the study of social cognition; social cognition in monkeys; social versus nonsocial cognition; suggestions for future research. Animal communication and human language: comparisons of animal and human communication; language-trained animals; differences in the use of signs by apes and children; pre-linguistic communication in human infants and chimpanzee infants. Imitation, self-recognition, and the theory of mind: is there evidence for imitation in animals? the attribution of mental states in animals; self-knowledge and self-recognition; relationships between mirror recognition, social attribution, imitation, and teaching. An agenda for comparative cognitive studies: cognitive ethology: mental representations or mental experiences? the generalist versus ecological approach to animal cognition.

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Jacques Vauclair is Director of Research at the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience of the Center for Scientific Research in Marseilles, France.

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