Fundamentals of Comparative Cognition

Paperback | March 13, 2012

bySara Shettleworth

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With the growing accessibility of original journal articles and papers, a staggering number of professors teaching junior/senior level courses are turning away from the use of textbooks in favor of primary research papers. The Fundamentals of Cognition series covers the main topics in thefield of Cognitive Psychology, and will address the need professors have for a brief, yet detailed, overview of specific topics in cognitive psychology. The books in this series will serve as a unifying discussion of the topic and provide continuity and cohesion to the discussion of primaryresearch papers. These primers will be written by prominent cognitive scientists with the ability to write accessibly about complex subjects. They will capture the current state of this fast moving field and reflect the authors' views.Comparative Cognition has countless connections to the rest of psychology and encompasses the comparative and evolutionary basis of development and social psychological processes as well as every aspect of cognition. Comparative research also provides the basis for the animal models used inbehavioral neuroscience and genetics. This text on the Fundamentals of Comparative Cognition will convey the richness and excitement of this diverse field while addressing the fundamental questions of what makes us uniquely human and what we share with other creatures. Professors' experience withShettleworth's graduate text and her clear, direct, and interesting writing style makes them very excited about the possibility of Shettleworth writing an undergraduate text in this field.

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With the growing accessibility of original journal articles and papers, a staggering number of professors teaching junior/senior level courses are turning away from the use of textbooks in favor of primary research papers. The Fundamentals of Cognition series covers the main topics in thefield of Cognitive Psychology, and will address...

Sara Shettleworth is a Professor Emerita in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto and a recognized leader in the field of comparative cognition. Shettleworth's previous book, Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior, published by OUP, integrates perspectives from behavioral ecology...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 13, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195343107

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Preface1. What is Comparative Cognition About?"From Darwin to Behaviorism": A Little HistoryResearch in the 21st century: Tool using crowsHow this book is organized2. Basic ProcessesPerception and attentionMemoryAssociative learningDiscrimination, classification, and concepts3. Physical CognitionSpatial cognition: How do animals find their way around?Two timing systemsNumerical cognitionPutting it together: Foraging and planningUsing tools4. Social CognitionSocial behavior: the basicsSocial learningCommunication5. Comparative Cognition and Human UniquenessDifferent in degree or kind?Clues from modularity and developmentReferencesIndex