Spatial Representation in Animals

Paperback | April 1, 1998

bySue Healy

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Our understanding of the way in which animals know how, when, and where to orient and navigate around their environment has grown considerably over the last decade. Movements may be anything from small displacements in the immediate environment to the long-distance migration of salmon orswallows. How animals find their way around is both immensely variable and controversial - what cues they use and what senses are involved, how much they remember, to what extent they rely on instinctive information or learning, how the processing and storing of spatial information occurs in thebrain. Discussion of landmark use, dead reckoning, spatial memory, and map-making ranges across disciplines, with different perspectives emerging from research in behaviour, ecology, psychology, and neurophysiology. Spatial Representation in Animals brings together cross-disciplinary research onnavigation in several different species, in an accessible and exciting way. Individual authors, all eminent specialists within their fields, have been asked to present reviews of the material with which they are most familiar and to speculate about future directions in the field. This will be anideal introductory text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of biology or psychology taking a course in animal navigation.

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Our understanding of the way in which animals know how, when, and where to orient and navigate around their environment has grown considerably over the last decade. Movements may be anything from small displacements in the immediate environment to the long-distance migration of salmon orswallows. How animals find their way around is b...

Susan Healy is at University of Newcastle.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.47 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198500068

ISBN - 13:9780198500063

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Table of Contents

1. Ken Cheng and Marciel Spetch: Mechanisms of landmark use in mammals and birds2. Jochen Zeil and Tom Collett: Places and landmarks: an arthropod perspective3. Ariane Etienne, J Berlie, J Georgakopoulos and R Maurer: Role of dead reckoning in navigation4. Verner P Bingham: Spatial representations and homing pigeon navigation5. Victoria Braithwaite: Spatial memory, landmark use, and orientation in fish6. Peter Berthold: Spatiotemporal aspects of avian long-distance migration7. E Save, B Poucet, and Catherine Thinus-Blanc: Landmark use and the cognitive map in the rat8. David Sherry and Sue Healy: Natural selection of spatial representation

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`'...The chapters are well written and intelligible...the book offers a compact overview over most of the recent directions in animal representations of space.''Lars Chittka, Animal Behaviour 57,3.