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Self-Awareness in Animals and Humans Developmental Perspectives

Edited By: ST Parker, ML Boccia and RW Mitchell
465 pages, Illus
Self-Awareness in Animals and Humans
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  • Self-Awareness in Animals and Humans ISBN: 9780521441087 Hardback Jun 1994 Out of Print #33252
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#Self-Awareness in Animals and Humans, a collection of #original articles on self-awareness in monkeys, apes, #humans, and other species, focuses on controversies about #how to measure self-awareness, which species are capable #of self-awareness and which are not, and why. Several #chapters focus on the controversial question of whether #gorillas, like other great apes and human infants, are #capable of mirror self-recognition (MSR) or whether they #are anomalously unable to do so. Other chapters focus on #whether macaque monkeys are capable of MSR. The focus of #the chapters is both comparative and developmental: #several contributors explore the value of frameworks from #human developmental psychology for comparative studies. #This dual focus - comparative and developmental - #reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the volume, #which brings together biological anthropologists, #comparative and developmental psychologists, and #cognitive scientists from Japan, France, Spain, Hungary, #New Zealand, Scotland and the United States.

Paperback re-issue of the original 1994 hardback edition.


Foreword, Louis J. Moses; Acknowledgments; Part I. Comparative and Developmental Approaches to Self-Awareness: 1. Expanding dimensions of the self: through the looking glass and beyond Sue Taylor Parker, Robert W. Mitchell and Maria L. Boccia; 2. Myself and me Michael Lewis; 3. Self-recognition: research strategies and experimental design Gordon G. Gallup, Jr.; 4. From self-recognition to theory-of-mind Gyorgy Gergely; 5. Mutual awareness in primate communication: a Gricean approach Juan Carlos Gomez; 6. Multiplicities of self Robert W. Mitchell; 7. Contributions of imitation and role playing games to the construction of self in primates Sue Taylor Parker and Constance Milbrath; Part II. The Development of Self in Human Infants and Children: 8. Detection of self: the perfect algorithm John S. Watson; 9. Social imitation and the emergence of a mental model of self Daniel Hart and Suzanne Fegley; 10. Minds, bodies and persons: young children's understanding of the self and others as reflected in imitation and 'theory of mind' research Alison Gopnik and Andrew N. Meltzoff; Part III. Self-Awareness in Great Apes: 11. Social and cognitive factors in chimpanzee and gorilla mirror behavior and self-recognition Karyl B. Swartz and Sian Evans; 12. The comparative and developmental study of self-recognition and imitation: the importance of social factors Deborah Custance and Kim A. Bard; 13. Shadows and mirrors: alternative avenues to the development of self-recognition in chimpanzees Sarah T. Boysen, Kirstan M. Bryan and Traci A. Shreyer; 14. Symbolic representation of possession in a chimpanzee Shoji Itakura; 15. Self-awareness in bonobos and chimpanzees: a comparative perspective Charles W. Hyatt and William D. Hopkins; 16. Me Chantek: the development of self-awareness in a signing orangutan H. Lyn White Miles; 17. Self-recognition and self-awareness in lowland gorillas Francine G. P. Patterson and Ronald H. Cohn; 18. How to create self-recognizing gorillas (but don't try it on macaques) Daniel J. Povinelli; 19. Incipient mirror self-recognition in zoo gorillas and chimpanzees Sue Taylor Parker; 20. Do gorillas recognize themselves on television? Lindsay E. Law and Andrew J. Lock; Part IV. Mirrors and Monkeys, Dolphins and Pigeons: 21. The monkey in the mirror: a strange conspecific James R. Anderson; 22. The question of mirror-mediated self-recognition in apes and monkeys: some new results and reservations Robert L. Thompson and Susan L. Boatright-Horowitz; 23. Mirror behavior in macaques Maria L. Boccia; 24. Evidence of self-awareness in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Kenneth Marten and Suchi Psarakos; 25. Mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins: implications for comparative study of highly dissimilar species Lori Marino, Diana Reiss and Gordon G. Gallup, Jr.; 26. Further reflections on mirror-usage by pigeons: lessons from Winnie-the-Pooh and Pinocchio too Roger K. R. Thompson and Cynthia L. Contie; Part V. Epilogue: 27. Evolving self-awareness Sue Taylor Parker and Robert W. Mitchell; Indexes.

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Edited By: ST Parker, ML Boccia and RW Mitchell
465 pages, Illus
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'... a detailed account of a fascinating subject with some far-reaching implications for our perception of other animals' perceptions of themselves.' Bidda Jones, Primate Eye
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