Primate Neuroethology

Primate Neuroethology

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This edited volume is the first of its kind to bridge the epistemological gap between primate ethologists and primate neurobiologists. Leading experts in several fields will review work ranging from primate foraging behavior to the neurophysiology of motor control, from vocal communication to the functions of the auditory cortex. This synthesis of the cognitive, ethological and neurobiological approaches to primate behavior will yield the richest understanding of our primate cousins to date and will shed light on the evolutionary development of human behavior and cognition. The book contains chapters by leading primatologists, comparative psychologists, and neuroscientists who have developed new ideas and experimental approaches and applied them to a variety of issues dealing with primate behavior and neurobiology. The volume represents an important contribution for both the professional and the student, and collects for the first time in a single book both basic and cutting-edge information on primate behavior and cognition, neurobiology, and the emerging discipline of neuroethology.show more

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  • Hardback | 682 pages
  • 187.96 x 256.54 x 38.1mm | 1,814.36g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 50 color & 100 line illus.
  • 0195326598
  • 9780195326598
  • 1,660,603

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"Platt and Ghazanfar have assembled what will undoubtedly become the standard text in primate neuroethology. This is a volume that should provides fresh insight for primatologists, neuroscientists and cognitive scientists as it reveals that rich interdisciplinary threads that bind these areas of scholarship together. This is a must-have book for anyone interested in primate cognition." --Paul Glimcher, Professor of Neural Science, Economics, and Psychology, New York University "Primate Neuroethology is magnificent! Michael Platt and Asif Ghazanfar have brought together the foremost experts in the fields of primate behaviour, cognition and neurobiology to create a comprehensive and accessible work in the emerging field of primate neuroethology. Weaving together the contributions of a remarkable group of scientists, they have bridged the gap between ethology and neurobiology in this authoritative-yet-provocative text." --Alan Kingstone, Distinguished University Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience, University of British Columbia "Overall, this is a comprehensive, diverse, well illustrated, and highly informative collection...without question the large amount of material and the successful approach to presenting the case for primate neuroethology make this volume the kind of resource one will return to repeatedly. So keep it centrally located on your bookshelf..." --PsycCRITIQUES"In aiming to pave over the gaps within and across the fields of ethology and neuroscience, this volume is thought provoking, keeps one focused on the central issues surrounding primate neuroethology, and is indispensable for highlighting the glory of what primate neuroscience has achieved and can yet achieve when combined with ethology. The fields of primate neuroscience and ethology are star-crossed lovers, suggest Michael Platt and Asif Ghazanfar in Primate Neuroethology. But is this just a fleeting courtship, primed to fizzle afteshow more

About Michael L. Platt

Michael Platt is Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. His research focuses on the neuroethology and neuroeconomics of human and nonhuman primate behavior and cognition. Michael received his B.A from Yale and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, both in biological anthropology, and was a post-doctoral fellow in neuroscience at New York University. Asif A. Ghazanfar is an Assistant Professor in the Neuroscience Institute and Departments of Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. His research focuses on the neurobiology and evolution of primate vocal communication and how both aspects are influenced by body morphology and socioecological context. Asif received his B.Sci. in Philosophy from the University of Idaho and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Duke University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen, Germany before moving to Princeton.show more

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