Animal Cognition 101 by Erin Colbert-White PhD '07, Allison Kaufman

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This concise overview provides a scientific yet highly accessible introduction to the science of animal cognition. Written for undergraduate college courses as well as any interested reader, it encompasses the history of animal cognition studies, essential theories and methodology, and the latest findings and controversies in animal consciousness and communication. The book challenges myths and preconceived notions about animal cognition by explaining the scientific theories, the perils of anthropomorphism, and the value of knowing a species’ natural history before making assumptions or drawing conclusions.

Each chapter includes an Animal Spotlight and a Human Application section. The Animal Spotlight highlights individual animals—the “rock stars” of animal cognition—that have made significant contributions to the field. Reminding us that we too are animals, the Human Application sections connect topics in animal cognition to human behavior and cognition. Additionally, the book provides ideas for readers to conduct their own investigations into animal cognition.

Key Features

  • Provides a scientific yet accessible introduction to animal cognition studies
  • Examines the development of the field, its theories and methods, and the latest findings and controversies
  • Addresses animal consciousness, communication, social cognition, and cognitive flexibility
  • Highlights individual animals that have made significant contributions to the field
  • Connects topics in animal cognition to human behavior and cognition
  • Provides ideas for readers to conduct their own investigations into animal cognition