How Monkeys See the World: Inside the Mind of Another Species

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 15, 1992 - Nature - 377 pages
Cheney and Seyfarth enter the minds of vervet monkeys and other primates to explore the nature of primate intelligence and the evolution of cognition.

"This reviewer had to be restrained from stopping people in the street to urge them to read it: They would learn something of the way science is done, something about how monkeys see their world, and something about themselves, the mental models they inhabit."—Roger Lewin, Washington Post Book World

"A fascinating intellectual odyssey and a superb summary of where science stands."—Geoffrey Cowley, Newsweek

"A once-in-the-history-of-science enterprise."—Duane M. Rumbaugh, Quarterly Review of Biology
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
vii
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A MONKEY?
1
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
19
SOCIAL KNOWLEDGE
58
VOCAL COMMUNICATION
98
WHAT THE VOCALIZATIONS OF MONKEYS MEAN
139
SUMMARIZING THE MENTAL REPRESENTATION OF VOCALIZATIONS AND SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS
175
DECEPTION
184
ATTRIBUTION
204
SOCIAL AND NONSOCIAL INTELLIGENCE
256
HOW MONKEYS SEE THE WORLD
303
APPENDIX
313
REFERENCES
321
INDEX
361
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Dorothy Leavitt Cheney was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 24, 1950. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from Wellesley College in 1972 and a Ph.D. in zoology from Cambridge University in 1977. She taught at Rockefeller University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband and research partner Robert M. Seyfarth studied gorillas, baboons, and vervet monkeys in Africa. They wrote several books including How Monkeys See the World: Inside the Mind of Another Species and Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind. She died from breast cancer on November 9, 2018 at the age of 68.

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