Primate Perspectives on Behavior and Cognition

Pages: 319
Item #: 4318035
ISBN: 978-1-59147-422-7
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Copyright: 2007
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In Primate Perspectives on Behavior and Cognition, experts with a diverse range of perspectives explore the contributions made to the study of primate cognition and behavior and provide guideposts for new generations of researchers studying behavior as manifested across primate species. The contributors first explore commonly used research methodology and then look at the groundbreaking content of recent research.

Among the exciting topics examined in the volume:

  • the possibility of predicting ape behavior on the basis of the results of personality tests
  • comparative cognition: testing emergent intelligence and learning among animals, including the teaching of tool-making to apes
  • animal counting ability
  • experiments in measuring the path-finding abilities of primates (both humans and apes)
  • language ability among higher primates, including neuropsychology on language and speech research in apes
  • understanding human intelligence, cognitive processes, and motivation through data from primate research

Throughout this volume, contributors provide rich data and discussion of cutting-edge studies. In addition to serving as a comprehensive and integrative review of a wide range of research areas, the chapters in this volume establish a research agenda for years (and careers) to come.

This book will be a vital resource for researchers in comparative psychology and cognitive psychology as well as for behaviorists, neuropsychologists, biopsychologists, and developmental psychologists.

Table of Contents


Series Foreword

Volume Foreword
—William A. Mason


—David A. Washburn

I. Studying Primate Behavior

  1. The Comparative Psychology of Duane Rumbaugh and His Influence on Zoo Biology
    —Terry L. Maple and Christopher W. Kuhar
  2. Apes, Intelligent Science, and Conservation
    —Russell H. Tuttle
  3. Studies at the Great Ape Research Institute, Hayashibara
    —Gen'ichi Idani and Satoshi Hirata
  4. Continuity of Cognition Across Species: Darwin in Cyberspace
    —Katherine A. Leighty, Dorothy M. Fragaszy, and James M. Brown
  5. Dimensions of the Ape Mind: Adding Personality to Behavior and Cognition
    —James E. King

II. Interpreting Primate Behavior

  1. Species of Parsimony in Comparative Studies of Cognition
    —J. David Smith
  2. The Significance of the Concept of Emergence for Comparative Psychology
    —Gary Greenberg, Ty Partridge, and Elizabeth Ablah
  3. The Emergence of Emergents: One Behaviorist's Perspective
    —M. Jackson Marr
  4. The Perception of Emergents
    —David A. Washburn
  5. New Models of Ability Are Needed: New Methods of Assessment Will Be Required
    —H. Carl Haywood

III. Learning and Cognition

  1. The Transfer Index as a Precursor of Nonhuman Language Research and Emergents
    —James L. Pate
  2. Monkeys Making a List: Checking It Twice?
    —F. Robert Treichler
  3. Animals Count: What's Next? Contributions From the Language Research Center to Nonhuman Animal Numerical Cognition Research
    —Michael J. Beran, Jonathan P. Gulledge, and David A. Washburn
  4. Do Primates Plan Routes? Simple Detour Problems Reconsidered
    —Emil W. Menzel Jr. and Charles R. Menzel
  5. Willful Apes Revisited: The Concept of Prospective Control
    —R. Thompson Putney

IV. Language and Tools

  1. The Past, Present, and Possible Futures of Animal Language Research
    —William A. Hillix
  2. A Comparative Psychologist Looks at Language
    —Herbert L. Roitblat
  3. Evolution of Language and Speech From a Neuropsychological Perspective
    —William D. Hopkins
  4. Symbol Combination in Pan: Language, Action, and Culture
    —Patricia Greenfield and Heidi Lyn
  5. Epigenesis, Mental Construction, and the Emergence of Language and Toolmaking
    —Kathleen R. Gibson
  6. Kanzi Learns to Knap Stone Tools
    —E. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Nicholas Toth, and Kathy Schick

An Afterword—and Words of Thanks
—Duane M. Rumbaugh

Author Index

Subject Index

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