Animal Cognition

Animal Cognition - Cognition Special Issues

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These contributions from six leading laboratories document experimentally established findings about mental representations in animals and the role these representations play in the genesis of behavior. Animal representations in a number of widely different domains are analyzed - time and number in rats, space in foraging bees, conditioning events in rats, stimulus categorization in pigeons, and social structure in vervet monkeys - in order to determine whether animals have behaviorally consequential representations of their environment that can tell us about mind in general. In his introduction, Gallistel defines the controversial concept of representation as having the same meaning in psychology as it has in mathematics - a formal correspondence, or isomorphism, between two systems that makes it possible to use operations in one system to draw conclusions about the other. The modern experimental work reported here seeks to derive from animal behavioral data the mental representations or processes in the brain isomorphic to specific aspects of the animal's environment that function to adapt its behavior to that environment. ContentsRepresentations in Animal Cognition: An Introduction, C. R. Gallistel  Representation of Time, John Gibbon, Russell M. Church  Alternative Representations of Time, Number, and Rate, Russell M. Church, Hilary A. Broadbent  Honey Bee Cognition, James L. Gould  Event Representation in Pavlovian Conditioning: Image and Action, Peter C. Holland  Levels of Stimulus Control: A Functional Approach, R. J. Herrnstein  The Representation of Social Relations by Monkeys, Dorothy L. Cheney, Robert M. Seyfarth

Book information

ISBN: 9780262570893
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 156.3
DEWEY edition: 20
Language: English
Number of pages: 203
Weight: 340g
Height: 164mm
Width: 238mm
Spine width: 10mm