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Animal Thinking: Contemporary Issues in Comparative Cognition

Randolf Menzel and Julia Fischer


Do animals have cognitive maps? Do they possess knowledge? Do they plan for the future? Do they understand that others have mental lives of their own? This volume provides a state-of-the-art assessment of animal cognition, with experts from psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, ecology, and evolutionary biology addressing these questions in an integrative fashion. It summarizes the latest research, identifies areas where consensus has been reached, and takes on current controversies. Over the last thirty years, the field has shifted from the collection of anecdotes and the pursuit of the subje ... More

Keywords: Strüngmann Forum Reports, navigation, animal behavior, social cognition, decision making, planning, animal communication

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016636
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randolf Menzel, editor
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies Forum

Julia Fischer, editor

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1 Animal Thinking

Randolf Menzel and Julia Fischer


5 Animal Navigation

Jan Wiener, Sara Shettleworth, Verner P. Bingman, Ken Cheng, Susan Healy, Lucia F. Jacobs, Kathryn J. Jeffery, Hanspeter A. Mallot, Randolf Menzel, and Nora S. Newcombe

Decision Making and Planning

9 Planning, Memory, and Decision Making

Amanda Seed, Nicola Clayton, Peter Carruthers, Anthony Dickinson, Paul W. Glimcher, Onur Güntürkün, Robert R. Hampton, Alex Kacelnik, Murray Shanahan, Jeffrey R. Stevens, and Sabine Tebbich


12 Language and Episodic Sharing

Michael C. Corballis

13 Communication

Brandon C. Wheeler, William A. Searcy, Morten H. Christiansen, Michael C. Corballis, Julia Fischer, Christoph Grüter, Daniel Margoliash, Michael J. Owren, Tabitha Price, Robert Seyfarth, and Markus Wild


14 How Intelligent Is Machiavellian Behavior?

Redouan Bshary, Felice Di Lascio, Ana Pinto, and Erica van de Waal

18 Social Knowledge

Keith Jensen, Joan B. Silk, Kristin Andrews, Redouan Bshary, Dorothy L. Cheney, Nathan Emery, Charlotte K. Hemelrijk, Kay Holekamp, Derek C. Penn, Josef Perner, and Christoph Teufel