The Cambridge Handbook of Animal Cognition lays out the science behind how animals think, remember, create, calculate, and remember. It provides concise overviews on major areas of study such as animal communication and language, memory and recall, social cognition, social learning and teaching, numerical and quantitative abilities, as well as innovation and problem solving. The chapters also explore more nuanced topics in greater detail, showing how the research was conducted and how it can be used for further study. The authors range from academics working in renowned university departments to those from research institutions and practitioners in zoos. The volume encompasses a wide variety of species, ensuring the breadth of the field is explored.
Section I. Communication and Language:
1.1 Communication and Language Overview / Federico Rossano and Stephan Kaufhold
1.2 Communication in Ant Societies / Baptiste Piqueret and Patrizia d'Ettorre
1.3 Symbolic Communication in the Grey Parrot / Irene M. Pepperberg
1.4 Communication in Dogs and Wolves / Katalin Oláh, József Topál and Anna Gergely
Section II. Memory and Recall:
2.6 Memory and Recall Overview / Gema Martin-Ordas
2.7 A Fish Memory Tale: Memory and Recall in Fish and Sharks / Catarina Vila Pouca, Louise Tosetto and Culum Brown
2.8 Memory in Humming Birds / Maria Cristina Tello-Ramos and David J Pritchard
2.9 Event Memory in Rats / Jonathon D. Crystal
2.10 Primate Recall Memory / Molly Flessert and Michael J. Beran
Section III. Social Cognition:
3.11 Social Cognition Overview / Juan C. Gomez
3.12 Proximate and Ultimate Mechanisms of Cooperation in Fishes / Joachim G. Frommen and Stefan Fischer
3.13 Evolutionary and Neural Bases of the Sense of Animacy / Elena Lorenzi and Giorgio Vallortigara
3.14 Raven Social Cognition and Behaviour / Thomas Bugnyar
3.15 Reciprocity in Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus) / Manon K. Schweinfurth
3.16 Exploring the Social Minds of Elephants / Elizabeth A. Krisch and Joshua M. Plotnik
3.17 Dolphin Social Cognition / Adam A. Pack
3.18 Mirror Self-Recognition: Five Decades of Primate Research / James R. Anderson and David L. Butler
Section IV. Social Learning and Teaching:
4.19 Social Learning and Teaching Overview / Rachel L. Kendal
4.20 Tandem-Running Recruitment by Temnothorax Ants as a Model System for Social Learning / Takao Sasaki and Stephen C. Pratt
4.21 Fish Social Networks / Matthew J. Hasenjager and William Hoppitt
4.22 Social Learning in Birds / Victoria E. Lee, Alison L. Greggor and Alex Thornton
4.23 Social Learning in Chimpanzees / Rachel Nelson, Erin Connelly and Lydia M. Hopper
Section V. Numerical and Quantative Abilities:
5.24 Numerical and Quantitative Abilities Overview / Sarah T. Boysen
5.25 Numerical Competence in Fish / Christian Agrillo and Maria Elena Miletto Petrazzini
5.26 Spatial-Numerical Association in Non-Human Animals / Rosa Rugani and Orsola Rosa-Salva
5.27 Perceptual Categorization in Pigeons / Olga F. Lazareva
Section VI. Innovation and Problem Solving:
6.28 Innovation and Problem-Solving Overview / Daniel Sol
6.29 General Intelligence (g) in Mice / Charles Locurto
6.30 Bowerbird Innovation and Problem-Solving / Jason Keagy
6.31 Parrot Innovation / Theresa Rössler, Berenika Mioduszewska and Alice M.I. Auersperg
6.32 Innovation in Marine Mammals / Allison B. Kaufman
6.33 Innovation in Capuchin Monkeys / Eduardo B. Ottoni
6.34 Innovation and Problem Solving in Orangutans / Anne E. Russon
6.35 Do Apes and Monkeys Know What They [Don't] Know? The Question of Metacognition in Primates / Heidi L. Marsh
6.36 Decision-Making in Animals: Rational Choices and Adaptive Strategies / Francesca De Petrillo and Alexandra G. Rosati
Allison B. Kaufman is a research scientist for the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, USA, and holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California at Riverside. She currently has a research program based at the University of Connecticut, where her main interests are in communication and innovative abilities in animals. She has written or edited five books, including The Psych 101 series and Animal Cognition 101 with Erin Colbert-White.
Josep Call is a comparative psychologist specializing in primate cognition, the Wardlaw Professor of Evolutionary Origins of Mind in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at University of St Andrews, UK, and Director of the Budongo Research Unit at Edinburgh Zoo. He has also been an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Cognitive Science Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the British Academy.
James C. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut, USA. He is the author or editor of more than 45 books, including The Cambridge Handbook in Creativity, 2nd edition (Cambridge 2019). He has also published more than 400 papers and won many awards, including from Mensa, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association for Gifted Children.
- Federico Rossano
- Stephan Kaufhold
- Baptiste Piqueret
- Patrizia d'Ettorre
- Irene M. Pepperberg
- Katalin Oláh
- József Topál
- Anna Gergely
- Gema Martin-Ordas
- Catarina Vila Pouca
- Louise Tosetto
- Culum Brown
- Maria Cristina Tello-Ramos
- David J Pritchard
- Jonathon D. Crystal
- Molly Flessert
- Michael J. Beran
- Juan C. Gomez
- Joachim G. Frommen
- Stefan Fischer
- Elena Lorenzi
- Giorgio Vallortigara
- Thomas Bugnyar
- Manon K. Schweinfurth
- Elizabeth A. Krisch
- Joshua M. Plotnik
- Adam A. Pack
- James R. Anderson
- David L. Butler
- Rachel L. Kendal
- Takao Sasaki
- Stephen C. Pratt
- Matthew J. Hasenjager
- William Hoppitt
- Victoria E. Lee
- Alison L. Greggor
- Alex Thornton
- Rachel Nelson
- Erin Connelly
- Lydia M. Hopper
- Sarah T. Boysen
- Christian Agrillo
- Maria Elena Miletto Petrazzini
- Rosa Rugani
- Orsola Rosa-Salva
- Olga F. Lazareva
- Daniel Sol
- Charles Locurto
- Jason Keagy
- Theresa Rössler
- Berenika Mioduszewska
- Alice M.I. Auersperg
- Allison B. Kaufman
- Eduardo B. Ottoni
- Anne E. Russon
- Heidi L. Marsh
- Francesca De Petrillo
- Alexandra G. Rosati
"The creative research and wealth of information presented in this handbook exceed all expectations. We are at the cusp of an entirely new field of evolutionary cognition. Experts in their field offer commentary on all of the hot topics, from altruism to planning, citing a wide range of species."
– Frans de Waal, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior and Director of the Living Links Center, Emory University, USA, and author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
"This is a well-written, state-of-the-art overview of all the important issues in the field of comparative cognition. It is a great primer for those who want to learn more and an invaluable addition for scholars in the field who want the latest overview."
– Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology, Yale University, USA
"This handbook offers the expected comprehensive survey of animal cognition, with authoritative overviews of six major topics, but each of them is also followed by various, often surprising case studies. This refreshing combination of compelling reviews and novel directions reflects the excitement of this emerging field and should inspire experts and novices alike."
– Judith Burkart, Professor of Anthropology, University of Zürich, Switzerland
"Filled with the latest findings from the researchers who made the discoveries, surprising animal brilliance is revealed. Anyone who loves animals will delight in the chance to look through the window this book provides into the minds of other beings. Be prepared to have your ideas of human exceptionalism challenged."
– Brian Hare, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University, USA
"What goes on in the minds of other animals? How do they solve problems, remember, and communicate? This compilation brings together leading ethologists and comparative psychologists presenting introductions to the study of animal cognitive capacities and its many captivating research questions."
– Thomas Suddendorf, Professor of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia, and author of The Gap: The Science of What Separates Us from Other Animals
"Given the exciting but exponentially-expanding reach of animal cognition research, this handbook is a godsend to novices and experts alike. It offers fresh perspectives written by well-chosen authors, from household names to rising stars. The volume features introductions to six major aspects of cognition each followed by focused articles."
– Andrew Whiten, Wardlaw Professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology, University of St Andrews, UK
"The volume stands out for several reasons. It features broad introductions and specific in-depth case studies, it covers a wide range of taxa and various contributors have an ecological-evolutionary background. This powerful combination makes this Handbook appealing to all students of animal cognition."
– Redouan Bshary, Professor of Eco Ethology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
"This handbook is an excellent reference source of information on various kinds of cognitive phenomena in a wide range of animals, ranging from ants to elephants. I cannot imagine any behavioral and cognitive scientist who would not profit from delving into this very fine book. I highly recommend it."
– Ludwig Huber, Head of Comparative Cognition, Messerli Research Institute
"This is a delightful and comprehensive collection of chapters exploring the animal mind. It provides both breadth and depth, balancing thoughtful topical overviews along with deep dives into specific research areas. This impressive handbook is a must-have for anyone interested in animal minds."
– Evan MacLean, Director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Veterinary Medicine, University of Arizona, USA
"In these thorough, detailed essays, animal cognition comes of age, transcending its ethological roots. There are strong reviews of social cognition, learning, and innovation and insightful explorations of representation, episodic memory, reciprocity, and self-recognition. The taxonomic diversity is remarkable. Any behavioral scientist will find much here that is novel and stimulating."
– Alan Bond, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, USA