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Animal Play :  Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives - Bekoff

Animal Play

Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives

By: Bekoff, Marc Bekoff (Editor), Marc Beckoff (Editor)

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Published: 3rd August 1998
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Why do animals play? Play has been described in animals as diverse as reptiles, birds and mammals, so what benefits does it provide and how did it evolve? Careful, quantitative studies of social, locomotor and object play behavior are now beginning to answer these questions and shed light on many other aspects of both animal and human behavior. This unique interdisciplinary volume brings together the major findings about play in a wide range of species including humans. Topics about play include the evolutionary history of play, play structure, function and development, and sex and individual differences. Animal Play is destined to become the benchmark volume in this subject for many years to come, and will provide a source of inspiration and understanding for students and researchers in behavioral biology, neurobiology, psychology and anthropology.

' ... anyone interested in play should not hesitate to read or buy this book. It puts down a definite marker for play research in the 1990s, and suggests many interesting leads for research on play through into the next millenium.' Peter K. Smith, Animal Behaviour

Introduction
The evolutionary origins of play revisited: lessons from turtles
Play in common ravens (Corvus corax)
Object play by adult animals
Kangaroos at play: play behaviour in the Macropodoidea
Intentional communication and social play: how and why animals negotiate and agree to play
The structure-function interface in the analysis of play fighting
Sparring as play in young pronghorn males
Squirrel monkey playfighting: making the case for a cognitive training hypothesis
Self assessment in juvenile play
Biological effects of locomotor play: getting into shape, or something more specific?
Neurobiological substrates of play behaviour: glimpses into the structure and function of mammalian playfulness
Play as an organizing principle: clinical evidence and personal observations
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ISBN: 9780521586566
ISBN-10: 0521586569
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 3rd August 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.95  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.44