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

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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. Her publications, numbering over 450, include 16 books and over 200 scientific papers and book chapters, mainly in the field of brain and behaviour with a focus on development and lateralization. She has received a number of awards for excellence in research, including a Special Investigator Award from the Australian Research Council, an Australian Centenary Medal, and the Clarke Medal from the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Gisela Kaplan is a Research Fellow in the School of Science & Technology (formerly School of Biological, Biomedical & Molecular Sciences) and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Professional Development & Leadership at the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales. A prolific writer, with 19 published books, she has gained national and international acclaim for her books on bird behavior and animal cognition, among them her book on Australian magpies. Intimately familiar with tawny frogmouths, she now presents the results of 10 years of research on the species.

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