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About this book
About this book
Reviews all that is scientifically known about the cognitive skills of nonhuman primates and assesses the current state of our knowledge.
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
517 pages, 82 b/w photos, 40 figs, tabs
""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