Primate Cognition

Primate Cognition


By (author) Michael Tomasello, By (author) Josep Call

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 26mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 18 September 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195106245
  • ISBN 13: 9780195106244
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones, line figures, tables
  • Sales rank: 860,441

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In the century and a half since Charles Darwin first began formulating his theories on evolution much research has been conducted on primate cognition. In this book, Michael Tomasello and Josep Call set out to review all that is scientifically known about the cognitive skills of nonhuman primates and to assess the current state of our knowledge. The authors integrate empirical findings on the topic from the beginning of the century to the present, placing this work in theoretical perspective.

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""Fin de siecle primatology is an exuberant, contentious, and ambitious discipline. . . . Those who took classes in primatology as few as 5 to 10 years ago would not recognize many of the current issues, a short list of examples being sexual selection, phylogenetic weighting in comparative analyses, gut-brain tradeoffs in the evolution of energy and tissue allocation, and reciprocity and retribution. Primate Cognition is a superb example of this new, reinvigorated primatology. . . . Tomasello and Call accomplish a meticulous merging of primate behavior, recent insights from cognitive and developmental psychology on the multidimensionality of cognitive abilities, and a good understanding of primate evolution to critically analyze what is and is not yet known about cognition in nonhuman primates."--American Journal of Human Biology"[The authors] divide the volume into fourteen chapters organized into three parts: Knowledge of the Physical World, Knowledge of the Social World, and A Theory of Primate Cognition, which summarizes their conclusions and briefly reviews human cognitive development. The book includes an introduction to the Order Primates (as well as an appendix on their taxonomy) and a brief history of studies of primate cognition."--The Quarterly Review of Biology"This book is a careful and critical review of the existing literature on the cognitive capacities of primates and other mammals and, at the same time, is a launching platform for a very important theory on what is unique for primates with respect to other mammals and what is unique for human beings with respect to nonhuman primates. . . . What makes this book appealing to any kind of reader and extremely useful as an educational tool is the way in which the material is organized, critically described, and summarized in useful tables and summaries. . . . In addition, the book has 50 pages of references, an authors' index, a species index, and a subject index, as well as a multitud

Table of contents

Introduction ; PART I: KNOWLEDGE OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD ; 1. Space and Objects ; 2. Tools and Causality ; 3. Features and Categories ; 4. Quantities ; 5. Theories of Primate Physical Cognition ; PART II: KNOWLEGDE OF THE SOCIAL WORLD ; 6. Social Knowledge and Interaction ; 7. Social Strategies and Communication ; 8. Social Learning and Culture ; 9. Theory of Mond ; 10. Theories of Primate Social Cognition ; PART III: A THEORY PRIMATE COGNITION ; 11. Nonhuman Primate Cognition ; 12. Human Cognition ; 13. Conclusion ; References