Animal Cognition in Nature

Animal Cognition in Nature

The Convergence of Psychology and Biology in Laboratory and Field

1st Edition - September 9, 1998

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  • Authors: Russell Balda, Irene Pepperberg, A. Kamil
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080527239

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In this book, the editors bring together results from studies on all kinds of animals to show how thinking on many behaviors as truly cognitive processes can help us to understand the biology involved. Taking ideas and observations from the while range of research into animal behavior leads to unexpected and stimulating ideas. A space is created where the work of field ecologists, evolutionary ecologists and experimental psychologists can interact and contribute to a greater understanding of complex animal behavior, and to the development of a new and coherent field of study.


Animal behavior research scientists, behavioral ecologists, neurobehaviorists, and psychologists.

Table of Contents

  • A.C. Kamil, On the Proper Definition of Cognitive Ethology.
    R.P. Balda and A.C. Kamil, Ecology and Evolution of Spatial Memory in Corvids of the Southwestern U.S.: The Perplexing Pinyon Jay.
    S.J. Shettleworth and R.R. Hampton, Adaptive Specialization of Spatial Cognition in Food Storing Birds?
    Approaches to Testing a Comparative Hypothesis.
    N.C. Clayton and D.W. Lee, Memory and the Hippocampus in Food-Storing Birds.
    F.C. Dyer, Spatial Cognition: Lesson from Central-Place Foraging Insects.
    W. Wiltschko and R. Wiltschko, The Navigation System in Birds and Its Development.
    V.P. Bingman, L.V. Riters, R. Strasser, and A. Gagliardo, Neuroethology of Avian Navigation.
    W.J. Smith, Cognitive Implication of an Information-Sharing Model of Animal Communication.
    L.F. Baptista, D.A. Nelson, and S.L.L. Gaunt, Cognitive Processes in Avian Vocal Acquisition.
    D. Todt and H. Hultsch, Hierarchical Learning, Development, and Representation of Song.
    D.E. Kroodsma and B.E. Byers, Songbird Song Repertoires: An Ethological Approach to Studying.
    T.J. De Voogd and T. Székely, Causes of Avian Song: Using Neurobiology to Integrate Proximate and Ultimate Levels of Analysis.
    I.M. Pepperberg, The African Grey Parrot: How Cognitive Processing Might Affect Allospecific Vocal Learning.
    R.S. Wilcox and R.R. Jackson, Cognitive Abilities of Araneophagic Jumping Spiders.
    C.G. Beer, Varying Views of Animal and Human Cognition.
    Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 465
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1998
  • Published: September 9, 1998
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080527239

About the Authors

Russell Balda

Affiliations and Expertise

North Arizona University, Flagstaff, U.S.A.

Irene Pepperberg

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Arizona, Tucson, U.S.A.

A. Kamil

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, U.S.A.

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