Cognitive Ethology

Cognitive Ethology : Essays in Honor of Donald R. Griffin

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This collection of essays was written by former students, associates, admirers, critics and friends of Donald R. Griffin -- the creator of cognitive ethology. Stimulated by his work, this volume presents ideas and experiments in the field of cognitive ethology -- the exploration of the mental experiences of animals as they behave in their natural environment during the course of their normal lives. Cognitive Ethology discusses the possibility that animals may have abilities to experience, communicate, reason, and plan beyond those usually ascribed to them in a "black box" or "stimulus-response" interpretation of their behavior. Contributions from scientists who have been associated with or influenced by Griffin offer a lively array of views, some disparate from one another and some especially selected to present approaches contrary to more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 648g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138971006
  • 9781138971004

Table of contents

Contents: C.A. Ristau, Reminiscences. Part I:Theoretical Perspectives. D.R. Griffin, Progress Toward a Cognitive Ethology. C.G. Beer, From Folk Psychology to Cognitive Ethology. J. Bennett, How is Cognitive Ethology Possible? Part II:Evidence from the Laboratory and Field. G.M. Burghardt, Cognitive Ethology and Critical Anthropomorphism: A Snake with Two Heads and Hognose Snakes that Play Dead. C.A. Ristau, Aspects of the Cognitive Ethology of an Injury- Feigning Bird, the Piping Plover. D.L. Cheney, R.M. Seyfarth, Truth and Deception in Animal Communication. I.M. Pepperberg, A Communicative Approach to Animal Cognition: A Study of Conceptual Abilities of an African Grey Parrot. P. Marler, S. Karakashian, M. Gyger, Do Animals Have the Option of Withholding Signals When Communication is Inappropriate? W.J. Smith, Animal Communication and the Study of Cognition. A. Jolly, Conscious Chimpanzees? A Review of Recent Literature. G.F. Michel, Human Psychology and Animal Minds. S.I. Yoerg, A.C. Kamil, Integrating Cognitive Ethology with Cognitive Psychology. C.A. Ristau, Cognitive Ethology: An more