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Comparative Cognition: Experimental Explorations of Animal Intelligence

Wasserman and Thomas R Zentall


In 1978, Hulse, Fowler, and Honig published Cognitive Processes in Animal Behavior, an edited volume that was a landmark in the scientific study of animal intelligence. It liberated interest in complex learning and cognition from the grasp of the rigid theoretical structures of behaviorism that had prevailed during the previous four decades, and as a result, the field of comparative cognition was born. At long last, the study of the cognitive capacities of animals other than humans emerged as a ... More

Keywords: animal intelligence, complex learning, cognition, behaviorism, comparative cognition, spatial learning, memory, rule learning, creativity, conceptualization

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377804
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377804.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wasserman, editor
Univeristy of Iowa, USA

Thomas R Zentall, editor
University of Kentucky, USA

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Comparative Cognition

Edward A. Wasserman, and Thomas R. Zentall

I Perception and Illusion

3 The Cognitive Chicken

Giorgio Vallortigara

4 The Comparative Psychology of Absolute Pitch

Ronald G. Weisman, Mitchel T. Williams, Jerome S. Cohen, Milan G. Njegovan, and Christopher B. Sturdy

II Attention and Search

7 Attention as It Is Manifest Across Species

David A. Washburn, and Lauren A. Taglialatela

III Memory Processes

9 Memory Processing

Anthony A. Wright

IV Spatial Cognition

11 Comparative Spatial Cognition

Marcia L. Spetch, and Debbie M. Kelly

12 Properties of Time-Place Learning

Christina M. Thorpe, and Donald M. Wilkie

V Timing and Counting

14 Sensitivity to Time

Jonathon D. Crystal

15 Time and Number

J. Gregor Fetterman

VI Conceptualization and Categorization

16 Relational Discrimination Learning in Pigeons

Robert G. Cook, and Edward A. Wasserman

VII Pattern Learning

22 Spatial Patterns

Michael F. Brown

24 Truly Random Operant Responding

Greg Jensen, Claire Miller, and Allen Neuringer

25 The Simultaneous Chain

Herbert Terrace

VIII Tool Fabrication and Use

26 Cognitive Adaptations for Tool-Related Behavior in New Caledonian Crows

Alex Kacelnik, Jackie Chappell, Ben Kenward, and Alex A. S. Weir

27 What Is Challenging About Tool Use? The Capuchin's Perspective

Elisabetta Visalberghi, and Dorothy Fragaszy

IX Problem Solving and Behavioral Flexibility

29 How Do Dolphins Solve Problems?

Stan A. Kuczaj II, and Rachel Thames Walker

30 The Comparative Cognition of Caching

S. R. De Kort, S. Tebbich, J. M. Dally, N. J. Emery, and S. Clayton

X Social Cognition Processes

32 Chimpanzee Social Cognition in Early Life: Comparative–Developmental Perspective

Masaki Tomonaga, Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi, Yuu Mizuno, Sanae Okamoto, Masami K. Yamaguchi, Daisuke Kosugi, Kim A. Bard, Masayuki Tanaka, and Tetsuro Matsuzawa