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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition (Oxford Library of Psychology) 2nd Edition

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Those who study comparative cognition find themselves in a particularly prosperous time ... A diversity of available species to study, opportunities for increased national and international collaboration, and technological advances offer us a greater opportunity for data collection and dissemination than at any time in history. The present book attests to how these opportunities can produce compelling research programs that serve as excellent models for the future of comparative cognition. Michael J. Beran in PsycCRITIQUES (for the previous edition) This book is an outstanding collection of chapters by an exceptional group of researchers. A unique aspect of this collection is the strong reliance on experimental science in each of the research programs. One chapter after another provides a critical analysis of the state of knowledge about a fascinating cognitive ability. How do animals perceive, order, and categorize the world? Do animals remember their own past? Do species differ in their sense of time and space? How flexible are animals in the use of tools and in their problem solving? Are there unique social cognitive processes? Each of these well-written chapters contains enough detail to provide the reader with the information necessary to reach their own conclusions about the validity of an argument. Everyone interested in the cognitive and intellectual capacities of animals should read this book. Peter Balsam, Samuel R Milbank Professor of Psychology, Barnard College and Columbia University (for the previous edition) This book is a gem. It brings together a large, readable, and rich set of chapters by an international group of experts on many of the most important topics in the study of cognitive processes in animals. It will be a 'must read' for students and scientists who are curious about the state of the art of the modern science of comparative cognition. Mark E. Bouton, Professor of Psychology, University of Vermont (for the previous editon) This impressive compendium shows the remarkable breadth and depth of current experimental research in comparative cognition. It is sure to become a major landmark in long history of this continually evolving field. Michael Domjan, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas (for the previous edition) Comparative Cognition will be an invaluable resource for all working or being interested in the wide field of comparative psychology and neuroscience. European Journal of Neurology (for the previous edition) Excellent book...Highly recommended. Choice (for the previous edition)

About the Author

Thomas Zentall, Ph.D., is DiSilvestro Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology, University of Kentucky.

Edward A. Wasserman, Ph.D., is Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology, Department of Psychology, DELTA Center, The University of Iowa.


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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Library of Psychology
  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195392663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195392661
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,636,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on May 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The OXFORD HANDBOOK OF COMPARATIVE COGNITION (edited by Dr. Zentall and Dr. Wasserman) is a great collection of articles written by some of the most notable scientists in the field (who are currently active). This book is a good reference of today's knowledge of how animals (human and non) behave. Many of these chapters' ideas are available elsewhere (sometimes for free), but this book does a nice job of summarizing and synthesizing these diverse fields.

This book is divided into 10 parts, each with 3-6 chapters apiece:
Perception & Illusion
Attention & Search
Learning & Causation
Memory Processes
Spatial Cognition
Timing & Counting
Categorization & Concept Learning
Pattern Learning
Problem Solving, Behavioral Flexibility & Tool Use
Social Cognition Processes

This collection of chapters does a great job of summarizing the findings that psychologists have made through the years, and each chapter serves as a great introduction to its specified field. The OXFORD HANDBOOK OF COMPARATIVE COGNITION is far-reaching, but it serves as a good read to students new to the field or to scientists currently active in it. Anyone offering a graduate-level Comparative Cognition course might find this reference useful. The only drawback is the price point -- pretty steep.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Weitzman on March 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book for those scholars that are interested in its subject matter. However,
the content of this book overlaps with the content of Comparative Cognition: Experimental Explorations of Animal Intelligence, which is also edited by Wasserman and Zentall. The difference between the two is that the Handbook has 12 more articles (45 vs. 33) in it. If I had known in advance that the Handbook would be available, I would not have purchased Comparative Cognition when I did. I wish the 12 additional articles could be made available separately for those like me who have already purchased Comparative Cognition.
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