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N.N. Ladygina-Kohts earned her degree in comparative psychology at Moscow University in 1917, then became the first curator of the Darwin Museum in Moscow. Her pioneering work with the chimpanzee, Joni, was reported throughout the continent during her lifetime, earning her a series of honors in the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, Infant Chimpanzee and Human Child, her diary comparing Joni's development with that of her son, Rudy, had never been translated completely. This volume presents the first complete English translation.
"A unique descriptive achievement [...] a healthy provocation to the modern reader's habitual psychological pigeon-holing [...] Today's students and other thoughtful readers should find in it an intriguing challenge: Much might be gained by convincingly filling the gap between the richness of the objective descriptions laid so generously before them and the justification of legitimate bases for ascribing particular states of emotion to these behaviors."
– Andrew Whiten, Science
Part 1: Descriptive. Behavior of Infant Chimpanzee
1: Description of the Chimpanzee
2: Chimpanzee's Emotions: Their Expressions and Their Stimuli
3: Chimpanzee's Instincts
4: Chimpanzee's Play
5: Chimpanzee's Circumspect Behavior (Deception and Slyness)
6: Using Tools
7: Chimpanzee's Imitations
8: Chimpanzee's Memory
9: Conditional Language of Gestures and Sounds
10: Natural Sounds of the Chimpanzee
Part 2: Analytical. Behaviour of Human Child. Comparative Psychological Study
11: Human and Chimpanzee: Comparison of Appearances
12: Human Emotion and Emotions of the Chimpanzee
13: Comparison of Human Instincts with Instincts of Chimpanzee
14: Human Play and Play of the Chimpanzee
15: Memory and Habits of the Human Child (Conditioned Reflex Acts)
Part 3: Synthesis. Biopsychological Similarities and Dissimilarities in the Behavior of Infant Chimpanzee and Human Child
16: Similarities in Behavior of Human and Chimpanzee
17: Differences in the Behavior of Human and Chimpanzee
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