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In the past decade, the field of comparative cognition has grown and thrived. No less rigorous than purely behavioristic investigations, examinations of animal intelligence are useful for scientists and psychologists alike in their quest to understand the nature and mechanisms of intelligence. Extensive field research of various species has yielded exciting new areas of research, integrating findings from psychology, behavioral ecology, and ethology in a unique and wide-ranging synthesis of theory and research on animal cognition. This updated edition ofThe Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognitioncontains sections on perception and illusion, attention and search, memory processes, spatial cognition, conceptualization and categorization, problem solving and behavioral flexibility, and social cognition processes. The authors have incorporated new findings and new theoretical approaches that reflect the current state of the field, including findings in primate tool usage, pattern learning, and counting. This comprehensive volume will be a must-read for students and scientists who are curious about the state of the art of the modern science of comparative cognition.
Thomas Zentall, Ph.D., is DiSilvestro Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology, University of Kentucky.
Edward A. Wasserman, Ph.D., is Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology, Department of Psychology, DELTA Center, The University of Iowa.