Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition by Adam MiklosiDog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition by Adam Miklosi

Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition

byAdam Miklosi

Hardcover | November 29, 2007

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This is the first book to collate and synthesise the recent burgeoning primary research literature on dog behaviour, evolution and cognition. The author presents a new ecological approach to the understanding of dog behaviour, demonstrating how dogs can be the subject of rigorous andproductive scientific study without the need to confine them to a laboratory environment. iDog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition/i starts with an overview of the conceptual and methodological issues associated with the study of the dog, followed by a brief description of their role in human society - almost a third of human families share their daily life with the dog! An evolutionaryperspective is then introduced with a summary of current research into the process of domestication. The central part of the book is devoted to issues relating to the cognitive aspects of behaviour which have received particular attention in recent years from both psychologists and ethologists. Thebook's final chapters introduce the reader to many novel approaches to dog behaviour, set in the context of behavioural development and genetics.Directions for future research are highlighted throughout the text which also incorporates links to human and primate research by drawing on homologies and analogies in both evolution and behaviour. The book will therefore be of relevance and use to anyone with an interest in behavioural ecologyincluding graduate students of animal behaviour and cognition, as well as a more general audience of dog enthusiasts, biologists, psychologists and sociologists.
Adam Miklosi is a Reader in Biology and the Head of the Department of Ethology at the Eotvos University in Budapest, Hungary. He was awarded a Doctor of Science by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2005 and has more the 40 refereed publications on dog behaviour to his name.
Title:Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and CognitionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.79 inPublished:November 29, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199295859

ISBN - 13:9780199295852


Table of Contents

1. Dogs in historical perspective and conceptual issues of studying their behaviour2. Methodological issues in the behavioural study of the dog3. Dogs in anthropogenic environments: society and family4. A comparative approach to Canis5. Domestication6. The perceptual world of the dog7. Physical-ecological cognition8. Social cognition9. Development of behaviour10. Temperament and personalityAfterword: Heading toward the 21st century's science

Editorial Reviews

"Dr. Miklosi uses a unique approach to studying the relationships of dogs and people and decribes canine behavior in the context of the convergent evolution of dogs with humans. This book fills a unique need in the field of behavioral science." -- Doody's Review Service