Animal Learning and Cognition An Introduction

ISBN-10: 1841696560

ISBN-13: 9781841696560

Edition: 3rd 2008 (Revised)

Authors: John M. Pearce

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Book details

List price: $68.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Preface
The study of animal intelligence
The distribution of intelligence
Defining animal intelligence
Why study animal intelligence?
Methods for studying animal intelligence
Historical background
Associative learning
Conditioning techniques
The nature of associative learning
Stimulus-stimulus learning
The nature of US representations
The conditioned response
Concluding comment: the reflexive nature of the conditioned response
The conditions for learning: Surprise and attention
Surprise and conditioning
Conditioning with a single CS
Conditioning with a compound CS
Evaluation of the Rescorla-Wagner model
Attention and conditioning
Wagner's theory
Stimulus significance
The Pearce-Hall theory
Concluding comments
Instrumental conditioning
The nature of instrumental learning
The conditions of learning
The performance of instrumental behavior
The Law of Effect and problem solving
Extinction
Extinction as generalization decrement
The conditions for extinction
Associative changes during extinction
Are trials important for Pavlovian extinction?
Discrimination learning
Theories of discrimination learning
Connectionist models of discrimination learning
Metacognition and discrimination learning
Category formation
Examples of categorization
Theories of categorization
Abstract categories
Relationships as categories
The representation of knowledge
Short-term retention
Methods of study
Forgetting
Theoretical interpretation
Serial position effects
Metamemory
Long-term retention
Capacity
Durability
Theoretical interpretation
Episodic memory
Time, number, and serial order
Time
Number
Serial order
Transitive inference
Concluding comments
Navigation
Short-distance travel
Methods of navigation
Long-distance travel
Navigational cues
Homing
Migration
Concluding comments
Social learning
Diet selection and foraging
Choosing a mate
Fear of predators
Copying behavior: mimicry
Copying behavior: imitation
Theory of mind
Self-recognition
Concluding comments
Animal communication and language
Animal communication
Communication and language
Can an ape create a sentence?
Language training with other species
The requirements for learning a language
The distribution of intelligence
Intelligence and brain size
The null hypothesis
Intelligence and evolution
References
Author index
Subject index
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