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Fundamentals of Comparative Cognition

Sara J. Shettleworth, Series edited by Paul Bloom, and Lynn Nadel

Publication Date - 15 March 2012

ISBN: 9780195343106

192 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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From one of the field's most respected scholars, a concise text that conveys the richness and excitement of Comparative Cognition


A foremost scholar in comparative cognition--a discipline closely connected to behavioral biology, evolution, and cognitive neuroscience--author Sara J. Shettleworth delivers a focused treatment of the essentials in writing that is both lucid and captivating.

Brief, yet brimming with detail, Fundamentals of Comparative Cognition conveys the richness and complexity of this diverse field while addressing two fundamental questions: "What makes us uniquely human?" and "What do our minds share with other creatures?"

About the Author(s)

Sara J. Shettleworth, Professor Emerita in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, is the recipient of the Comparative Cognition Society's 2008 Research Award and a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and Royal Society of Canada. Her research on learning and memory in a variety of species of birds and mammals has been published in more than 100 articles and book chapters. Her widely-read book Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior (OUP, 2010) is now in its second edition.


"It's a fantastic book--a lucid and clear guide that gets to the heart of the most important and interesting topics in our field."--Amanda Seed, University of St. Andrews

"This is a real tour-de-force. It is stunningly erudite, very up to date, and comprehensive. I can see myself using this in teaching graduate seminars and highest-level undergrad seminars."--Clive Wynne, author of Do Animals Think? and Animal Cognition

"The book will be an invaluable text for both undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in animal/comparative cognition. The encyclopedic authoritative knowledge and intellectual rigor of the author are clearly and effectively reflected in the clarity of her writing, organization of material, and remarkably current citations."--Roger Thompson, Franklin and Marshall College

Table of Contents

    Series Introduction
    Chapter 1. What Is Comparative Cognition About?
    "From Darwin to Behaviorism": A Little History
    Research in the Twenty-First Century: Tool-Using Crows
    How This Book Is Organized
    Chapter 2. Basic Processes
    Perception and Attention
    Associative Learning
    Discrimination, Classification, and Concepts
    Chapter 3. Physical Cognition
    Spatial Cognition: How Do Animals Find Their Way Around?
    Two Timing Systems
    Numerical Cognition
    Putting It Together: Foraging and Planning
    Using Tools
    Chapter 4. Social Cognition
    Social Behavior: The Basics
    Social Learning
    Chapter 5. Comparative Cognition and Human Uniqueness
    Different in Degree or Kind?
    Clues from Modularity and Development