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Readings in Animal Cognition : Readings in Animal Cognition - Marc Bekoff

Readings in Animal Cognition

Readings in Animal Cognition

By: Marc Bekoff (Editor), Dale Jamieson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9780262522083
Number Of Pages: 395
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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 together 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 Animal Behavior." One essay taken from that book has been subsequently revised, and five additional essays are recent examples of critical thinking in cognitive ethology. The preface and final chapter, "Ethics and the Study of Animal Cognition," are new. "A Bradford Book"

The Myth of Anthropomorphismp. 3
Gendered Knowledge? Examining Influences on Scientific and Ethological Inquiriesp. 17
Interpretive Cognitive Ethologyp. 29
Concept Attribution in Nonhuman Animals: Theoretical and Methodological Problems in Ascribing Complex Mental Processesp. 47
On Aims and Methods of Cognitive Ethologyp. 65
Aspects of the Cognitive Ethology of an Injury-Feigning Bird, The Piping Ploverp. 79
Tradition in Animals: Field Observations and Laboratory Analysesp. 91
The Study of Adaptationp. 107
The Units of Behavior in Evolutionary Explanationsp. 129
Levels of Analysis and the Functional Significance of Helping Behaviorp. 143
The Ubiquitous Concept of Recognition with Special Reference to Kinp. 169
Do Animals Choose Habitats?p. 185
The Influence of Models on the Interpretation of Vigilancep. 201
Is There an Evolutionary Biology of Play?p. 217
Intentionality, Social Play, and Definitionp. 229
Communication and Expectations: A Social Process and the Cognitive Operation It Depends Upon and Influencesp. 243
Animal Communication and Social Evolutionp. 257
Animal Language: Methodological and Interpretive Issuesp. 269
Knowledge Acquisition and Asymmetry between Language Comprehension and Production: Dolphins and Apes as General Models for Animalsp. 289
Evolution and Psychological Unityp. 309
The Mental Lives of Nonhuman Animalsp. 323
Inside the Mind of a Monkeyp. 337
A Bat without Qualities?p. 345
Afterword: Ethics and the Study of Animal Cognitionp. 359
Contributorsp. 373
Indexp. 375
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ISBN: 9780262522083
ISBN-10: 026252208X
Series: Readings in Animal Cognition
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 395
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 18.42  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.82

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