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Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior

Sara J. Shettleworth
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
2nd ed
9780195319842 (pbk. : alk. paper), 0195319842 (pbk. : alk. paper)
"How do animals perceive the world, learn, remember, search for food or mates, communicate, and find their way around? Do any nonhuman animals count, imitate one another, use a language, or have a culture? What are the uses of cognition in nature and how might it have evolved? What is the current status of Darwin's claim that other species share the same "mental powers" as humans, but to different degrees?" "In this completely revised second edition of Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior, Sara Shettleworth addresses these questions, among others, by integrating findings from psychology, behavioral ecology, and ethology in a unique and wide-ranging synthesis of theory and research on animal cognition, in the broadest sense - from species-specific adaptations of vision in fish and associative learning in rats to discussions of theory of mind in chimpanzees, dogs, and ravens. She reviews the latest research on topics such as episodic memory, metacognition, and cooperation and other-regarding behavior in animals, as well as recent theories about what makes human cognition unique."--BOOK JACKET.
  • Cognition and the study of behavior
  • Evolution, behavior, and cognition: a primer
  • Perception and attention
  • Learning: introduction and Pavlovian conditioning
  • Recognition learning
  • Discrimination, classification, and concepts
  • Memory
  • Getting around: spatial cognition
  • Timing
  • Numerical competence
  • Cognition and the consequences of behavior: foraging, planning, instrumental learning, and using tools
  • Social intelligence
  • Social learning
  • Communication and language
  • Summing up and looking ahead.
xiii, 700 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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