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Readings in Animal Cognition

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ISBN-10: 026252208X

ISBN-13: 9780262522083

Edition: 1996

Authors: Marc Bekoff, Dale Jamieson

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This collection of 24 readings is the first comprehensive treatment of important topics by leading figures in the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of animal cognition. Taken togther the essays provide the nucleus for an introductory course in animal cognition (cognitive ethology and comparative psychology), philosophy of biology, or philosophy of mind. Selections are grouped in five sections: Perspectives on Animal Cognition; Cognitive and Evolutionary Explanations; Recognition, Choice, Vigilance, and Play; Communication and Language; and Animal Minds. Seventeen essays are reprinted from the authors much cited two-volume collection, Interpretation and Explanation in the Study of…    
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 12/21/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 396
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has published numerous books, including The Emotional Lives of Animals, and has provided expert commentary for many media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, and the BBC.

Preface
The Myth of Anthropomorphism
Gendered Knowledge? Examining Influences on Scientific and Ethological Inquiries
Interpretive Cognitive Ethology
Concept Attribution in Nonhuman Animals: Theoretical and Methodological Problems in Ascribing Complex Mental Processes
On Aims and Methods of Cognitive Ethology
Aspects of the Cognitive Ethology of an Injury-Feigning Bird, The Piping Plover
Tradition in Animals: Field Observations and Laboratory Analyses
The Study of Adaptation
The Units of Behavior in Evolutionary Explanations
Levels of Analysis and the Functional Significance of Helping Behavior
The Ubiquitous Concept of Recognition with Special Reference to Kin
Do Animals Choose Habitats?
The Influence of Models on the Interpretation of Vigilance
Is There an Evolutionary Biology of Play?
Intentionality, Social Play, and Definition
Communication and Expectations: A Social Process and the Cognitive Operation It Depends Upon and Influences
Animal Communication and Social Evolution
Animal Language: Methodological and Interpretive Issues
Knowledge Acquisition and Asymmetry between Language Comprehension and Production: Dolphins and Apes as General Models for Animals
Evolution and Psychological Unity
The Mental Lives of Nonhuman Animals
Inside the Mind of a Monkey
A Bat without Qualities?
Afterword: Ethics and the Study of Animal Cognition
Contributors
Index