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Animal intelligence : from individual to social cognition

Author: Zh I Reznikova
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The author offers a multi-faceted panorama of animal intelligence and how it works in nature. Written in an accessible and charming style, and with undergraduate and graduate students in mind, this book should be read by anyone with an interest in the world of animal behaviour.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zh I Reznikova
ISBN: 9780521825047 0521825040 9780521532020 0521532027
OCLC Number: 124025599
Description: xiv, 472 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword : an ant's eye view of animal intelligence / by W.C. McGrew --
Part I. Development of ideas and methods in studying animal intelligence --
Evolution of views on animal intelligence --
Dramatic adventures of behaviourism --
Intelligence under a scalpel : starts and false starts of neuroscience --
Integrative approaches and coherent movement in studying animal intelligence --
Ethological approaches for studying animal learning --
Part II. Animals are welcome to the class : learning classes --
Habituation and associative learning --
Learning classes beyond 'simple' associative learning --
Part III. Past and future in animal life : remembering, updating and anticipation --
What is memory for an intelligent animal? --
Chicks do not suffer from schizophrenia : a brief outline of brain mechanisms for processing and storing memory --
Behavioural mechanisms of experience of time --
Part IV. Being in the right place at the right time : representation of space and objects in the animal mind --
Navigation strategies in animals --
To what degree is mapping cognitive in animals? --
'Object permanence' in animals --
Part V. Experimental approaches to studying essential activities of animal intelligence --
Conditional discrimination as a basic technique for studying rule learning --
Categorisation, abstraction, and concept formation : are animals logical? --
Conceptual behaviour based on relations --
Part VI. Advanced intelligence in animals : rule extraction, tool using and number related skills --
Insightful behaviour --
Tool using as a tool for experimental studies of animal intelligence --
Numerical competence in animals --
Part VII. Knowledge is power but not for all : species-specific intelligence --
Is finding a common metric of intelligence possible in real animal life? --
An outline of instinctive behaviour --
Guided learning and cognitive specialisation --
Developmental studies of animal intelligence : role of innate and acquired behaviour --
Imprinting --
Part VIII. Wisdom through social learning --
Ecological and cognitive aspects of social learning --
The spread of innovation within populations --
Culture in animal societies --
Part IX. Intelligent communication --
Can animals exchange meaningful messages? --
Communication, speech and language : what falls to the share of non-humans? --
Direct dialogue with animals : language-training experiments --
A battle for the Rosetta Stone : attempts to decipher animals' signals --
A dialogue with a black box : using ideas and methods of information theory for studying animal communication --
Part X. Social life and social intelligence in the wild --
Diversity of social systems in animals --
If one must be sacrificed, why me? Evolutionary and behavioural aspects of altruism in animals --
Intelligence in the context of the functional structure of animal communities --
What sort of intelligence is required to navigate social landscapes? --
Theory of mind.
Responsibility: Zhanna Reznikova.
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Animals are constantly being challenged with on-the-spot decisions. Animal Intelligence presents a unified approach to studying all these questions. Written in an accessible and charming style, and  Read more...


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'... the style is refined and easy to follow. ... the overall impression is of remarkable authority and a profound understanding by the author of how animals work.' Biologist

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