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Field and Laboratory Methods in Animal Cognition
A Comparative Guide

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Josep Call, Nereida Bueno-Guerra, Federica Amici, Zhanna Reznikova, Yossi Yovel, Stefan Greif, Randolf Menzel, Simon Ducatez, Sarah E. Overington, Jean-Nicolas Audet, Marine Battesti, Louis Lefebvre, Cinzia Chiandetti, Giorgio Vallortigara, Roman M. Wittig, Catherine Crockford, Volker B. Deecke, Lucy A. Bates, Catarina Vila Pouca , Culum Brown, Robert W. Elwood, Lily Johnson-Ulrich, Kenna D. S. Lehman, Julie W. Turner, Kay E. Holekamp, Martin J. Whiting, Daniel W. A. Noble, Marta Manser, Jennifer A. Mather, Michael J. Kuba, Irene M. Pepperberg, Tristan L. Guttridge, Kara E. Yopak, Vera Schluessel, Elizabeth M. Jakob, Skye M. Long, Margaret Bruce, Anna Wilkinson, Ewen Glass
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  • Date Published: September 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108413947

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  • Would you ask a honeybee to point at a screen and recognise a facial expression? Or ask an elephant to climb a tree? While humans and non-human species may inhabit the same world, it's likely that our perceptual worlds differ significantly. Emphasising Uexküll's concept of 'umwelt', this volume offers practical advice on how animal cognition can be successfully tested while avoiding anthropomorphic conclusions. The chapters describe the capabilities of a range of animals - from ants, to lizards to chimpanzees - revealing how to successfully investigate animal cognition across a variety of taxa. The book features contributions from leading cognition researchers, each offering a series of examples and practical tips drawn from their own experience. Together, the authors synthesise information on current field and laboratory methods, providing researchers and graduate students with methodological advice on how to formulate research questions, design experiments and adapt studies to different taxa.

    • Explains how each animal's perceptual world should be considered to avoid drawing anthropomorphic conclusions in cognition research
    • Outlines practical tips and advice on current field and laboratory methods, demonstrating how to formulate research questions, design experiments and adapt studies to different species
    • Presents the latest theory and research findings on cognitive skills in animals from a comparative perspective, bringing together a range of scientists working on a variety of taxa
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    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108413947
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Josep Call
    Introduction: the concept of umwelt in experimental animal cognition Nereida Bueno-Guerra and Federica Amici
    1. Ants – individual and social cognition Zhanna Reznikova
    2. Bats – using sound to reveal cognition Yossi Yovel and Stefan Greif
    3. Bees – the experimental umwelt of honeybees Randolf Menzel
    4. Carib grackles – field and lab work on a tame, opportunistic island icterid Simon Ducatez, Sarah E. Overington, Jean-Nicolas Audet, Marine Battesti and Louis Lefebvre
    5. Chicken – cognition in the poultry yard Cinzia Chiandetti and Giorgio Vallortigara
    6. Chimpanzees – investigating cognition in the wild Roman M. Wittig and Catherine Crockford
    7. Dolphins and whales – taking cognitive research out of the tanks and into the wild Volker B. Deecke
    8. Elephants – studying cognition in the African Savannah Lucy A. Bates
    9. Fish – how to ask them the right questions Catarina Vila Pouca and Culum Brown
    10. Hermit crabs – information gathering by the hermit crab, pagurus bernhardus Robert W. Elwood
    11. Hyenas – testing cognition in the umwelt of the spotted hyena Lily Johnson-Ulrich, Kenna D. S. Lehman, Julie W. Turner and Kay E. Holekamp
    12. Lizards – measuring cognition in lizards: practical challenges and the influence of ecology and social behaviour Martin J. Whiting and Daniel W. A. Noble
    13. Meerkats – identifying cognitive mechanisms underlying meerkat coordination and communication: experimental designs in their natural habitat Marta Manser
    14. Octopuses – mind in the waters Jennifer A. Mather and Michael J. Kuba
    15. Grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) – cognitive and communicative abilities Irene M. Pepperberg
    16. Sharks – elasmobranch cognition Tristan L. Guttridge, Kara E. Yopak and Vera Schluessel
    17. Spiders – hints for testing cognition and learning in jumping spiders Elizabeth M. Jakob, Skye M. Long and Margaret Bruce
    18. Tortoises – cold-blooded cognition: how to get a tortoise out of its shell Anna Wilkinson and Ewen Glass
    Epilogue Nereida Bueno-Guerra.

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    Nereida Bueno-Guerra, Comillas Pontifical University
    Nereida Bueno-Guerra is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Comillas Pontifical University, Spain. With a background in psychology and criminology, as well as ethology and education, her research focuses on the topics of morality and revenge. Her interest in animal cognition began while conducting comparative studies of chimpanzees and humans at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI).

    Federica Amici, Universität Leipzig
    Federica Amici is a post-doctoral researcher in the Primate Kin Selection Group at the University of Leipzig and at the MPI. Her main research interests lie in the evolutionary forces shaping the distribution of cognitive skills across vertebrates, combining behavioural observations and controlled experimental procedures, both in the wild and in captivity.

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    Josep Call, Nereida Bueno-Guerra, Federica Amici, Zhanna Reznikova, Yossi Yovel, Stefan Greif, Randolf Menzel, Simon Ducatez, Sarah E. Overington, Jean-Nicolas Audet, Marine Battesti, Louis Lefebvre, Cinzia Chiandetti, Giorgio Vallortigara, Roman M. Wittig, Catherine Crockford, Volker B. Deecke, Lucy A. Bates, Catarina Vila Pouca , Culum Brown, Robert W. Elwood, Lily Johnson-Ulrich, Kenna D. S. Lehman, Julie W. Turner, Kay E. Holekamp, Martin J. Whiting, Daniel W. A. Noble, Marta Manser, Jennifer A. Mather, Michael J. Kuba, Irene M. Pepperberg, Tristan L. Guttridge, Kara E. Yopak, Vera Schluessel, Elizabeth M. Jakob, Skye M. Long, Margaret Bruce, Anna Wilkinson, Ewen Glass

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