The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Evolutionary Psychology

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-02-13
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Evolutionary Psychologyambitiously brings together an eclectic and provocative body of work from some of the brightest minds in comparative psychology and evolutionary psychology, highlighting the strengths and insights of each field. Across chapters, readers will come to appreciate the new field of "comparative evolutionary psychology," which successfully combines laboratory and field approaches, drawing on diverse methodologies and theoretical viewpoints to elucidate the mysteries of animal behavior and cognition. This comprehensive volume includes coverage of: - Unique specializations in a wide range of taxa from insects, cephalopods, reptiles, corvids, canines, cetaceans, and primates - Communication, cooperation, social learning, memory and cognitition in different species - Controversial theories about the evolution of sometimes surprising abilities in species, both phylogenetically close to and distant from humans. Suitable for seasoned researchers and graduate students alike, this volume reflects a range of views on human and non-human behavior and cognition, and advances these topics in a wide range of species.

Author Biography

Jennifer Vonk, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Todd K. Shackelford, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Oakland University, and Director, Evolutionary Psychology Lab, Oakland University.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Comparative Evolutionary Psychology
Toward Bridging Gaps: Finding Commonality among Evolutionary and Comparative Psychologists
Why Behaviorism isn't Satanism
Confronting Language, Representation, and Belief: A Limited Defense of Mental Continuity
Cognitive Specializations
Evolved Cognitive Specializations
Convergent Evolution of Cognition in Corvids, Apes and other animals
Social Complexity and Intelligence
Cephalopod Intelligence
Cold-blooded cognition: Reptilian Cognitive Abilities
Cetacean Cognitive Specializations
Primate Cognitive Specializations
The Evolution of Canine Cognition
Episodic Memory and Planning
Comparative mental time travel: Is there a cognitive divide between humans and animals in episodic memory and planning?
Animal Models of Human Cognition
Metamemory across Species
Communication Systems
Symbolic Communication in the Grey Parrot
Communication in Non-human Primates
Female preference functions provide a window into cognition, the evolution of communication, and speciation in plant-feeding insects
Apes and the Evolution of Language: Taking stock of 40 years of Research
Culture and Cooperation
The Phylogeny and Ontogeny of Prosocial Behavior
The Ontogeny and of Phylogeny Cooperation
Culture and the Evolution of Human Sociality
The Evolution of Morality: Which Aspects of Human Moral Concerns Are Shared With Non-Human Primates?
The Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology of Social Learning and Culture
The Many Faces of Imitation: Cognitive and Motor Imitation in Children and Non-human Primates
The Ecology and Evolution of Social Behavior and Cognition in Primates
Conclusions and Future Directions
The Evolution of a Cooperative Social Mind
Darwin, Tinbergen, and the Evolution of Comparative Cognition
Comparative Evolutionary Psychology; a United Discipline for the Study of Evolved Traits
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