Primate Cognition

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Nature - 517 pages
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Soon after Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution, primate cognition became a major area of research. In this book, Michael Tomasello and Josep Call assess the current state of our knowledge about the cognitive skills of non-human primates. They integrate empirical findings on the topic from the beginning of the century to the present, placing this research in theoretical perspective. They begin with an examination of the way primates adapt to their physical world, mostly for the purpose of foraging. The second part of the book looks at primate social knowledge and focuses on the adaptations of primates to their social world for purposes of competition and cooperation. In the third section, the authors construct a general theory of primate cognition, distinguishing the cognition in primates from that of other mammals (human in particular). Their broad-ranging theory provides a guide for future research. Primate Cognition is an enlightening exploration of the cognitive capacities of our nearest primate relatives and a useful resource for a wide range of researchers and students in psychology, behavioral biology, primatology, and anthropology.
  

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Contents

Chapter One Introduction
3
KNOWLEDGE OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD
25
Chapter Three Tools and Causality
57
Chapter Four Features and Categories
100
Chapter Five Quantities
136
Chapter Six Theories of Primate Physical Cognition
162
KNOWLEDGE OF THE SOCIAL WORLD
187
Chapter Eight Social Strategies and Communication
231
Chapter Eleven Theories of Primate Social Cognition
342
A THEORY OF PRIMATE COGNITION
365
Chapter Thirteen Human Cognition
401
Chapter Fourteen Conclusion
430
Appendix
436
References
443
Author Index
496
Species Index
504

Chapter Nine Social Learning and Culture
273
Chapter Ten Theory of Mind
311

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Michael Tomasello is at Emory University. Josep Call is at Emory University.

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