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Primate Cognition

By: Michael Tomasello and Josep Call

517 pages, 82 b/w photos, 40 figs, tabs

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | Nov 1997 | #67076 | ISBN: 0195106245
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Hardback | Dec 1997 | #67075 | ISBN: 0195106237
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Reviews all that is scientifically known about the cognitive skills of nonhuman primates and assesses the current state of our knowledge.

""Fin de siecle primatology is an exuberant, contentious, and ambitious discipline. . . . Those who took classes in primatology as few as 5 to 10 years ago would not recognize many of the current issues, a short list of examples being sexual selection, phylogenetic weighting in comparative analyses, gut-brain tradeoffs in the evolution of energy and tissue allocation, and reciprocity and retribution. Primate Cognition is a superb example of this new, reinvigorated primatology. . . . Tomasello and Call accomplish a meticulous merging of primate behavior, recent insights from cognitive and developmental psychology on the multidimensionality of cognitive abilities, and a good understanding of primate evolution to critically analyze what is and is not yet known about cognition in nonhuman primates."--American Journal of Human Biology
"[The authors] divide the volume into fourteen chapters organized into three parts: Knowledge of the Physical World, Knowledge of the Social World, and


Introduction; PART I: KNOWLEDGE OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD; 1. Space and Objects; 2. Tools and Causality; 3. Features and Categories; 4. Quantities; 5. Theories of Primate Physical Cognition; PART II: KNOWLEGDE OF THE SOCIAL WORLD; 6. Social Knowledge and Interaction; 7. Social Strategies and Communication; 8. Social Learning and Culture; 9. Theory of Mond; 10. Theories of Primate Social Cognition; PART III: A THEORY PRIMATE COGNITION; 11. Nonhuman Primate Cognition; 12. Human Cognition; 13. Conclusion; References

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