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Animal Learning and Cognition, 3rd Edition: An Introduction


Animal Learning and Cognition, 3rd Edition: An Introduction

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    John M. Pearce(Author)

Animal Learning and Cognition: An Introduction provides an up-to-date review of the principal findings from more than a century of research into animal intelligence. This new edition has been expanded to take account of the many exciting developments that have occurred over the last ten years.

The book opens with a historical survey of the methods that have been used to study animal intelligence, and follows by summarizing the contribution made by learning processes to intelligent behavior. Topics include Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning, discrimination learning, and categorization. The remainder of the book focuses on animal cognition and covers such topics as memory, navigation, social learning, language and communication, and knowledge representation. Expanded areas include extinction (to which an entire chapter is now devoted), navigation in insects, episodic memory in birds, imitation in birds and primates, and the debate about whether primates are aware of mental states in themselves and others. Issues raised throughout the book are reviewed in a concluding chapter that examines how intelligence is distributed throughout the animal kingdom.

The broad spectrum of topics covered in this book ensures that it will be of interest to students of psychology, biology, zoology, and neuroscience. Since very little background knowledge is required, the book will be of equal value to anyone simply interested in either animal intelligence, or the animal origins of human intelligence.

This textbook is accompanied by online instructor resources which are free of charge to departments who adopt this book as their text. They include chapter-by-chapter lecture slides, an interactive chapter-by-chapter multiple-choice question test bank, and multiple-choice questions in paper and pen format.

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  • PDF | 432 pages
  • John M. Pearce(Author)
  • Psychology Press; 3 edition (7 Feb. 2008)
  • English
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  • Science & Nature
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  • By Charles on 25 August 2017

    Originally brought as a university textbook, this book is informative and in a way gripping (as gripping as an academic book can be) to the budding animal behaviour/cognition enthusiasts out there like me.

  • By Guest on 30 March 2017

    This book is brilliant. It explains concepts well and gives good examples. Helped me pass assignments and exams. Definitely recommend.

  • By Germund Hesslow on 29 May 2017

    This is a marvellous book. It is clearly written, conceptually sophisticated for a text-book and surprisingly comprehensive.

  • By Psych Graduate on 14 November 2013

    Initially, I thought this was a good book because I was fortunate to be taught by John and the text accompanied a module. However, I have now moved universities to do a master's degree and again this book is a massive help. If you buy this book you will not be disappointed. It is a very comprehensive and easy-to-read text which gives an excellent overview of many aspects of animal cognition. Even the harder parts to grasp such as the Rescorla-Wagner theory are broken down into the components to help you understand. A very impressive piece of literature which is incredibly helpful for the struggling student!

  • By Jay on 10 April 2016

    Purchased for my BSc psychology, couldn't have got through some of my modules without it.Great price and if it's on your required reading I highly suggest you grab a copy

  • By Wendy on 30 August 2014

    Excellent book. Some sections could be a little clearer to read (as some paragraphs become a little involved) but this is the only reason for not giving it 5 stars throughout.

  • By Guest on 8 August 2015

    John Pearce, the author, is my lecturer at university. He rocks. Buy his book :)

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