Animal thinking : contemporary issues in comparative cognition /

"Do animals have cognitive maps? Do they possess knowledge? Do they plan for the future? Do they understand that others have mental lives of their own? This volume provides a state-of-the-art assessment of animal cognition, with experts from psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, ecology, and ev...

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Meeting name:Ernst Strüngmann Forum (8th : 2010 : Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Imprint:Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2011]
©2011
Description:1 online resource (xi, 342 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Language:English
Series:Strüng`mann Forum reports
Strüngmann Forum reports.
Subject:Cognition in animals -- Congresses.
Animal navigation -- Congresses.
Decision making in animals -- Congresses.
Social behavior in animals -- Congresses.
Animal communication -- Congresses.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Cognitive Psychology.
Animal communication.
Animal navigation.
Cognition in animals.
Decision making in animals.
Social behavior in animals.
Electronic books.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11357931
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Other authors / contributors:Menzel, Randolf, 1940- editor.
Fischer, Julia, 1966- editor.
ISBN:9780262298988
0262298988
9780262299893
0262299895
9780262016636
026201663X
9780262016636
Notes:"Eighth Ernst Strüngmann Forum held Sep. 26-Oct. 1, 2010, Frankfurt am Main."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-335) and index.
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Summary:"Do animals have cognitive maps? Do they possess knowledge? Do they plan for the future? Do they understand that others have mental lives of their own? This volume provides a state-of-the-art assessment of animal cognition, with experts from psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, ecology, and evolutionary biology addressing these questions in an integrative fashion. It summarizes the latest research, identifies areas where consensus has been reached, and takes on current controversies. Over the last thirty years, the field has shifted from the collection of anecdotes and the pursuit of the subjective experience of animals to a rigorous, hypothesis-driven experimental approach. Taking a skeptical stance, this volume stresses the notion that in many cases relatively simple rules may account for rather complex and flexible behaviors. The book critically evaluates current concepts and puts a strong focus on the psychological mechanisms that underpin animal behavior. It offers comparative analyses that reveal common principles as well as adaptations that evolved in particular species in response to specific selective pressures. It assesses experimental approaches to the study of animal navigation, decision making, social cognition, and communication and suggests directions for future research. The book promotes a research program that seeks to understand animals' cognitive abilities and behavioral routines as individuals and as members of social groups"--MIT CogNet.
Other form:Print version: Ernst Strüngmann Forum 8th : 2010 : Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Animal thinking. Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, ©2011 9780262016636