Comparative Vertebrate Cognition: Are Primates Superior to Non-Primates?

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Lesley J. Rogers, Gisela Kaplan
Springer US, 2004 - Science - 386 pages
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This book explores afresh the long-standing interest, and emphasis on, the `special' capacities of primates. Some of the recent discoveries of the higher cognitive abilities of other mammals and also birds challenge the concept that primates are special and even the view that the cognitive ability of apes is more advanced than that of nonprimate mammals and birds. It is therefore timely to ask whether primates are, in fact, special and to do so from a broad range of perspectives. Divided into five sections this book deals with topics about higher cognition and how it is manifested in different species, and also considers aspects of brain structure that might be associated with complex behavior.

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Lesley J. Rogers is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Neuroscience and Animal Behaviour, University of New England, Armidale, Australia. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, she has made outstanding contributions to understanding brain development and behaviour, including the discovery of lateralization in the chick forebrain at a time when lateralization was thought to be unique to humans.

Gisela Kaplan is Foundation Professor and Head of the School of Social Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. She grew up in West Berlin but gained her Ph.D. at Monash University, Melborne. She has lectured widely in Australia, Europe and the USA where she recently held a Visiting Professorship of Sociology at Memphis State University. She is the co-editor of "Hannah Arendt: Thinking, Judging, Freedom".

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