Comparative Cognition: Experimental Explorations of Animal Intelligence

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EditorEdward A. Wasserman, Thomas R. Zentall

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In 1978, Hulse, Fowler, and Honig published Cognitive Processes in Animal Behavior, an edited volume that was a landmark in the scientific study of animal intelligence. It liberated interest in complex learning and cognition from the grasp of the rigid theoretical structures of behaviorismthat had prevailed during the previous four decades, and as a result, the field of comparative cognition was born. At long last, the study of the cognitive capacities of animals other than humans emerged as a worthwhile scientific enterprise. No less rigorous than purely behavioristicinvestigations, studies of animal intelligence spanned such wide-ranging topics as perception, spatial learning and memory, timing and numerical competence, categorization and conceptualization, problem solving, rule learning, and creativity. During the ensuing 25 years, the field of comparative cognition has thrived and grown, and public interest in it has risen to unprecedented levels. In their quest to understand the nature and mechanisms of intelligence, researchers have studied animals from bees to chimpanzees. Sessions oncomparative cognition have become common at meetings of the major societies for psychology and neuroscience, and in fact, research in comparative cognition has increased so much that a separate society, the Comparative Cognition Society, has been formed to bring it together. This volume celebratescomparative cognition's first quarter century with a state-of-the-art collection of chapters covering the broad realm of the scientific study of animal intelligence. Comparative Cognition will be an invaluable resource for students and professional researchers in all areas of psychology andneuroscience.

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In 1978, Hulse, Fowler, and Honig published Cognitive Processes in Animal Behavior, an edited volume that was a landmark in the scientific study of animal intelligence. It liberated interest in complex learning and cognition from the grasp of the rigid theoretical structures of behaviorismthat had prevailed during the previous four dec...

Edward A. Wasserman earned his B.A. at UCLA and his Ph.D. at Indiana University. He is now Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Iowa. Thomas R. Zentall earned his B.S. degree in psychology, his B.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from Union College in 1963, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Ber...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 6.81 × 9.88 × 1.42 inPublished:April 22, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionEdward A. Wasserman and Thomas R. Zentall: Comparative Cognition: A Natural Science Approach to the Study of Animal IntelligencePart I: Perception and Illusion1. Joel Fagot and Isabelle Barbet: Grouping and Segmentation of Visual Objects by Baboons (Papio papio) and Humans (Homo sapiens)2. Kazuo Fujita: Seeing What Is Not There: Illusion, Completion, and Spatio-Temporal Boundary Formation in Comparative Perspective3. Giorgio Vallortigara: The Cognitive Chicken: Visual and Spatial Cognition in a Non-Mammalian Brain4. Ronald G. Weisman, Mitchel T. Williams, Jerome S. Cohen, Milan G. Njegovan, and Christopher B. Sturdy: The Comparative Psychology of Absolute PitchPart II: Attention and Search5. Donald S. Blough: Reaction-Time Explorations of Visual Perception, Attention, and Decision in Pigeons6. Alan C. Kamil and Alan B. Bond: Selective Attention, Priming, and Foraging Behavior7. David A. Washburn and Lauren A. Taglialatela: Attention as it is Manifest across SpeciesPart III: Memory Processes8. William A. Roberts: The Questions of Temporal and Spatial Displacement in Animal Cognition9. Anthony A. Wright: Memory ProcessingPart IV: Spatial Cognition10. Ken Cheng: Arthropod Navigation: Ants, Bees, Crabs, Spiders Finding Their Way11. Marcia L. Spetch and Debbie M. Kelly: Comparative Spatial Cognition: Processes in Landmark and Surface-Based Place Finding12. Donald M. Wilkie and Christina M. Thorpe: Properties of Time-Place LearningPart V: Timing and Counting13. Russell M. Church: Behavioristic, Cognitive, Biological, and Quantitative Explanations of Timing14. Jonathon D. Crystal: Sensitivity to Time: Implications for the Representation of Time15. J. Gregor Fetterman: Time and Number: Learning, Psychophysics, Stimulus Control, and RetentionPart VI: Conceptualization and Categorization16. Robert G. Cook and Edward A. Wasserman: Relational Discrimination Learning in Pigeons17. Ludwig Huber and Ulrike Aust: A Modified Feature Theory as an Account of Pigeon Visual Categorization18. Masako Jitsumori: Category Structure and Typicality Effects19. Jennifer Vonk and Daniel J. Povinelli: Similarity and Difference in the Conceptual Systems of Primates: The Unobservability Hypothesis20. Charles P. Shimp, Walter T. Herbranson, Thane Fremouw, Alyson L. Froehlich: Rule Learning, Memorization Strategies, Switching Attention Between Local and Global Levels of Perception, and Optimality in Avian Visual Categorization21. Peter J. Urcuioli: Responses and Acquired Equivalence ClassesPart VII: Pattern Learning22. Michael F. Brown: Spatial Patterns: Behavioral Control and Cognitive Representation23. Stephen B. Fountain: The Structure of Sequential Behavior24. Greg Jensen, Claire Miller, and Allen Neuringer: Truly Random Operant Responding: Results and Reasons25. Herbert S. Terrace: The Simultaneous Chain: A New Look at Serially Organized BehaviorPart VIII: Tool Fabrication and Use26. Alex Kacelnik, Jackie Chappell, Ben Kenward, and Alex A. S. Weir: Cognitive Adaptations for Tool-Related Behaviour in New Caledonian Crows27. Elisabetta Visalberghi and Dorothy Fragaszy: What is Challenging About Tool Use? The Capuchin's PerspectivePart IX: Problem Solving and Behavioral Flexibility28. Juan D. Delius and Julia A. M. Delius: Intelligences and Brains: An Evolutionary Bird's Eye View29. Stan A. Kuczaj II and Rachel Thames Walker: How Do Dolphins Solve Problems?30. S. R. de Kort, S. Tebbich, J. M. Dally, N. J. Emery, and N. S. Clayton: The Comparative Cognition of Caching31. Shigeru Watanabe: The Neural Basis of Cognitive Flexibility in BirdsPart X: Social Cognition Processes32. Masaki Tomonaga, Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi, Yuu Mizuno, Sanae Okamoto, Masami K. Yamaguchi, Daisuke Kosugi, Kim A. Bard, Masayuki Tanaka, and Tetsuro Matsuzawa: Chimpanzee Social Cognition in Early Life: Comparative-Developmental Perspective33. Thomas R. Zentall, Tricia S. Clement, Andrea M. Friedrich, and Kelly A. DiGian: Stimuli Signaling Rewards that Follow a Less Preferred Event are Themselves Preferred: Implications for Cognitive DissonanceEpilogue:Stewart M. Hulse: Postscript: An Essay on the Study of Cognition in Animals

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". . . sure to become a major landmark in long history of this continually evolving field." --Michael Domjan, University of Texas