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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Evolutionary Psychology (Oxford Library of Psychology)


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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Evolutionary Psychology ambitiously 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.

About the Author

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


Section I: Introduction to Comparative Evolutionary Psychology

1. Toward Bridging Gaps: Finding Commonality among Evolutionary and Comparative Psychologists

Jennifer Vonk and Todd Shackelford

2. Why Behaviorism isn't Satanism

Louise Barrett

3. Confronting Language, Representation, and Belief: A Limited Defense of Mental Continuity

Kirsten Andrews and Ljiljana Radenovic

Section 2: Cognitive Specializations

4. Evolved Cognitive Specializations

Aaron Sell

5. Convergent Evolution of Cognition in Corvids, Apes and other animals

Jayden van Horik, Nicola Clayton, and Nathan Emery

6. Social Complexity and Intelligence

Robin Dunbar and A.J. Sutcliffe

7. Cephalopod Intelligence

Jennifer Mather

8. Cold-blooded cognition: Reptilian Cognitive Abilities

Anna Wilkinson and Ludwig Huber

9. Cetacean Cognitive Specializations

Kelly Jaakkola

10. Primate Cognitive Specializations

Erika Cartmill and Dario Maestripieri

11. The Evolution of Canine Cognition

Adam Miklosi

Section 3: Memory

12. Episodic Memory and Planning

Caroline R. Raby and Nicola Clayton

13. Comparative mental time travel: Is there a cognitive divide between humans and animals in episodic memory and planning?

Miranda Feeney and William Roberts

14. Animal Models of Human Cognition

Jonathan Crystal

15. Metamemory across Species

David Smith, Mariana V. C. Coutinho, Joseph Boomer, and Michael Beran

Section 4: Communication Systems

16. Symbolic Communication in the Grey Parrot

Irene Pepperberg

17. Communication in Non-human Primates

Klaus Zuberbuhler

18. Female preference functions provide a window into cognition, the evolution of communication, and speciation in plant-feeding insects

Reginald B. Cocroft and Laura E. Sullivan-Beckers

19. Apes and the Evolution of

Product Details

Vonk, Jennifer (edt)
Oxford University Press, USA
Shackelford, Todd K.
Vonk, Jennifer
Cognitive Psychology
Psychology, Social.
Psychology-Cognitive Science
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