Title Animal Cognition 101
Subtitle (The Psych 101 Series)
Author Erin N. Colbert-White, Allison B. Kaufman
ISBN 9780826162342
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 288
Book size 203 X 216 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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This concise overview provides a scientific yet highly accessible introduction to the science of animal cognition. Written for undergraduate college courses as well as any interested reader, it encompasses the history of animal cognition studies, essential theories and methodology, and the latest findings and controversies in animal consciousness and communication. The book challenges myths and preconceived notions about animal cognition by explaining the scientific theories, the perils of anthropomorphism, and the value of knowing a species’ natural history before making assumptions or drawing conclusions.

Each chapter includes an Animal Spotlight and a Human Application section. The Animal Spotlight highlights individual animals—the “rock stars” of animal cognition—that have made significant contributions to the field. Reminding us that we too are animals, the Human Application sections connect topics in animal cognition to human behavior and cognition. Additionally, the book provides ideas for readers to conduct their own investigations into animal cognition.


Key Features

  • Provides a scientific yet accessible introduction to animal cognition studies
  • Examines the development of the field, its theories and methods, and the latest findings and controversies
  • Addresses animal consciousness, communication, social cognition, and cognitive flexibility
  • Highlights individual animals that have made significant contributions to the field
  • Connects topics in animal cognition to human behavior and cognition
  • Provides ideas for readers to conduct their own investigations into animal cognition



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Chapter 1: Historical Perspective on Animal Cognition

Chapter 2: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Animal Cognition

Chapter 3: Consciousness in Animals

Chapter 4: Communication Between Animals

Chapter 5: Social Cognition in Animals

Chapter 6: Cognitive Flexibility in Animals

Chapter 7: Individual Differences Between Animals

Chapter 8: Conclusion


About the Authors:

Erin N. Colbert-White, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where she teaches courses such as Introductory Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology, and Learning and Behavior. She holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Georgia. Her graduate work was a case study exploring an African grey parrot’s pragmatic use of speech during interactions with her human caregiver. Dr. Colbert-White’s areas of interest are the history of the field of animal cognition, animal consciousness, origins of language, and social behavior. She has worked with a variety of species, including bottlenose dolphins, capuchin monkeys, and Harris’s hawks. Dr. Colbert-White devotes much of her time to developing her skills as a teacher and undergraduate mentor.

Allison B. Kaufman, PhD, is a research scientist with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut and an adjunct professor on the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus. She holds a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Kaufman has published on language and cognition in several species of nonhuman animals and is the coeditor of three other books: Animal Creativity and Innovation, Pseudoscience: The Conspiracy Against Science, and The Scientific Foundation of Zoos and Aquariums: Their Role in Conservation and Research. She is involved in the zoo/aquarium community as both a researcher and an animal care volunteer.

Target Audience:

This book is a fantastic introductory read for anyone who is interested in learning the science behind animal cognition. This is a useful supplement for advanced high school psychology as well as lower-division undergraduate courses, college professors teaching cognitive psychology.


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