Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior

Paperback | January 13, 2010

bySara J. Shettleworth

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How do animals perceive the world, learn, remember, search for food or mates, communicate, and find their way around? Do any nonhuman animals count, imitate one another, use a language, or have a culture? What are the uses of cognition in nature and how might it have evolved? What is thecurrent status of Darwin's claim that other species share the same "mental powers" as humans, but to different degrees? In this completely revised second edition of Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior, Sara Shettleworth addresses these questions, among others, by integrating findings from psychology, behavioral ecology, and ethology in a unique and wide-ranging synthesis of theory and research on animal cognition, inthe broadest sense - from species-specific adaptations of vision in fish and associative learning in rats to discussions of theory of mind in chimpanzees, dogs, and ravens. She reviews the latest research on topics such as episodic memory, metacognition, and cooperation and other-regarding behaviorin animals, as well as recent theories about what makes human cognition unique.In every part of this new edition, Shettleworth incorporates findings and theoretical approaches that have emerged since the first edition was published in 1998. The chapters are now organized into three sections: Fundamental Mechanisms (perception, learning, categorization, memory), PhysicalCognition (space, time, number, physical causation), and Social Cognition (social knowledge, social learning, communication). Shettleworth has also added new chapters on evolution and the brain and on numerical cognition, and a new chapter on physical causation that integrates theories ofinstrumental behavior with discussions of foraging, planning, and tool using.

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How do animals perceive the world, learn, remember, search for food or mates, communicate, and find their way around? Do any nonhuman animals count, imitate one another, use a language, or have a culture? What are the uses of cognition in nature and how might it have evolved? What is thecurrent status of Darwin's claim that other speci...

Sara Shettleworth is Professor Emerita in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, where she obtained her Ph.D. in 1970. Her research on learning and memory in a variety of species of birds and mammals has been published in over 100 articles and book chapters. Her contributions h...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:January 13, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195319842

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Table of Contents

1. Cognition, Evolution, and the Study of Behavior2. Perception and Attention3. Learning4. Simple Recognition Learning5. Discrimination and Classification6. Memory7. Getting Around8. Timing and Counting9. Foraging and Measuring Rate10. Learning from Others11. Cognitive Ethology and the Evolution of Mind12. Communication and Language13. Summing Up and Looking AheadReferencesCreditsIndex of SubjectsIndex of Names