Fundamentals of Comparative Cognition

Fundamentals of Comparative Cognition

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A foremost scholar in comparative cognition-a discipline closely connected to behavioral biology, evolution, and cognitive neuroscience-author Sara J. Shettleworth delivers a focused treatment of the essentials in writing that is both lucid and captivating. Brief, yet brimming with detail, Fundamentals of Comparative Cognition conveys the richness and complexity of this diverse field while addressing two fundamental questions: "What makes us uniquely human?" and "What do our minds share with other creatures?"show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195343107
  • 9780195343106
  • 857,235

About Sara J. Shettleworth

Sara J. Shettleworth, Professor Emerita in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, is the recipient of the Comparative Cognition Society's 2008 Research Award and a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and Royal Society of Canada. Her research on learning and memory in a variety of species of birds and mammals has been published in more than 100 articles and book chapters. Her widely-read book Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior (OUP, 2010) is now in its second more

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"It's a fantastic book--a lucid and clear guide that gets to the heart of the most important and interesting topics in our field."--Amanda Seed, University of St. Andrews "This is a real tour-de-force. It is stunningly erudite, very up to date, and comprehensive. I can see myself using this in teaching graduate seminars and highest-level undergrad seminars."--Clive Wynne, author of Do Animals Think? and Animal Cognition "The book will be an invaluable text for both undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in animal/comparative cognition. The encyclopedic authoritative knowledge and intellectual rigor of the author are clearly and effectively reflected in the clarity of her writing, organization of material, and remarkably current citations."--Roger Thompson, Franklin and Marshall Collegeshow more

Table of contents

Series Introduction ; Preface ; Chapter 1. What Is Comparative Cognition About? ; "From Darwin to Behaviorism": A Little History ; Research in the Twenty-First Century: Tool-Using Crows ; How This Book Is Organized ; Chapter 2. Basic Processes ; Perception and Attention ; Memory ; Associative Learning ; Discrimination, Classification, and Concepts ; Chapter 3. Physical Cognition ; Spatial Cognition: How Do Animals Find Their Way Around? ; Two Timing Systems ; Numerical Cognition ; Putting It Together: Foraging and Planning ; Using Tools ; Chapter 4. Social Cognition ; Social Behavior: The Basics ; Social Learning ; Communication ; Chapter 5. Comparative Cognition and Human Uniqueness ; Different in Degree or Kind? ; Clues from Modularity and Development ; References ; Indexshow more

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