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Cognitive Ecology The Evolutionary Ecology of Information Processing and Decision Making

ISBN-10: 0226169332

ISBN-13: 9780226169330

Edition: 1998

Authors: Reuven Dukas

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How does the environment shape the ways an animal processes information and makes decisions? How do constraints imposed on nervous systems affect an animal's activities? To help answer these questions, Cognitive Ecology integrates evolutionary ecology and cognitive science, demonstrating how studies of perception, memory, and learning can deepen our understanding of animal behavior and ecology. Individual chapters consider such issues as the evolution of learning and its influence on behavior; the effects of cognitive mechanisms on the evolution of signaling behavior; how neurobiological and evolutionary processes have shaped navigational activities; functional and mechanical explanations for altered behaviors in response to changing environments; how foragers make decisions and how these decisions are influenced by the risks of predation; and how cognitive mechanisms affect partner choice. Cognitive Ecology will encourage biologists to consider how animal cognition affects behavior, and will also interest comparative psychologists and cognitive scientists.
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Book details

List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/6/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 428
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Introduction
Neural representation and the evolution of signal form
Constraints on information processing and their effects on behavior
Evolutionary ecology of learning
The cognitive ecology of song communication and song learning in the song sparrow
Cognitive ecology of navigation
The ecology and neurobiology of spatial memory
Risk-sensitive foraging: decision-making in variable environments
Behavioral decisions about foraging and predator avoidance
Evolutionary ecology of partner choice
Cognitive ecology: prospects