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Animal Learning and Cognition, 3rd Edition: An Introduction [Kindle Edition]

John M. Pearce
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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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"There are very few instances in which one of the world's leading researchers is willing to write a textbook in his area of expertise, and even fewer where the resulting text is beautifully clear and interesting. Pearce's text is of just this quality; any student fortunate enough to read it will be exposed to a lucid, entertaining, and stimulating introduction to what we know about animal learning and cognition." - Dr. David Lieberman, Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, UK

"This new edition of Pearce's text integrates a solid grounding in associative learning theory with an introduction to topics in animal cognition such as memory, spatial behavior, and social cognition. A particularly noteworthy feature is the way in which students are encouraged to think critically but open mindedly about the many intriguing new findings on animal tool using, imitation, theory of mind, and the like. As a basic text that covers the field of animal learning and cognition as it exists in the early 21st century, it has few, if any, competitors." - Professor Sara J. Shettleworth, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada

"The last decade has seen a major revolution in our understanding of animal intelligence, which is elegantly captured in John Pearce's new edition of Animal Cognition: An Introduction. Even better than the last two versions, this textbook provides a clear and comprehensive review of our current knowledge of animal learning and cognition, and in a style that is suitable for all undergraduate levels. I heartily recommend it." - Professor Nicky Clayton, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK

"Pearce has expanded and updated an excellent text that combines traditional learning theory with careful and critical coverage of the latest findings in comparative cognition, social learning, and communication. Students and professionals alike will be able to evaluate claims and plan experiments much more effectively after absorbing its wisdom." - Gordon M. Burghardt, University of Tennessee, USA

About the Author

John Pearce gained a B.Sc in Psychology from the University of Leeds, and a D. Phil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex. After conducting research at the Universities of York and Cambridge he moved to a lectureship in the Department of Psychology at Cardiff University in 1980, where he is now Professor of Psychology. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6061 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
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  • Publisher: Psychology Press; 3 edition (19 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HFTVCLA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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John Pearce gained a B.Sc in Psychology from the University of Leeds, and a D. Phil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex. After conducting research at the Universities of York and Cambridge he moved to a lectureship in the Department of Psychology at Cardiff University in 1980, where he is now Professor of Psychology. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This book explains the complex and diverse theories relating to animal behaviour in an accessible way for students of all capabilites. The author is a leading authority in the field of Animal Learning, but he is not in the least bit patronising to his readers. The theories and experiments are explained in adequate depth and all opposing views are presented in a fair and unbiased manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 30 Aug. 2014
By Wendy
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A surprising letdown 11 Feb. 2011
By Jeff P - Published on Amazon.com
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The back of this book rattles off praise for this book by eminent researchers in the field of comparative psychology. But I fear this praise is due more to a "if you scratch my back then I will scratch yours" type of effect. To get to the point quicker here are some of the pros and cons I noted when reading this book for my psych class:

Pros:
-Book is organized well.
-Plenty of coloured pictures.
-In paperback

Cons:
-Descriptions of many of the experiments are too vague in many cases.
-Certain major theories are ignored. (e.g. Groves and Thompson Dual-Process Theory of Habituation and Sensitization is not talked about. Also, the precise (and observable) Nobel Prize winning biological processes involved in habituation, sensitization, and classical conditioning, which were demonstrated by Kandel in his experiments with the Aplysia, are not appealed to.)
-He misquotes Skinner and as a consequence accuses Operant Theory of being circular when it is in fact not. Operant Theory can only be considered circular when its specific terms are applied incorrectly. Considering Pearce's status in the field this is a very surprising mistake.
-He is not up-to-date on hippocampal place cell research.
-Emphasis is put on cognitive factors and not on neurological factors, which is unfortunate given the huge amount of neurological research done with animals.
-Pearce tends to, whether he is aware of it or not, anthropomorphise, but he hides it behind sophisticated terminology frequently used by cognitive psychologists.
-There seems to be a overly strong preference (bias perhaps?) for research by Rescorla, Wagner, and Pearce.
-There is no glossary provided at the end of the book.
-There is no study guide/workbook (or study questions for that matter) to accompany the text.
-The pages are glossy and reflect light. No doubt the 'necessity' for color photography is to blame for this.
-The book is too expensive. (I would gladly sacrifice a few color photographs and more fragile paper for a reduced price).

All in all I think a better book could have been written and manufactured.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book 3 Jan. 2014
By Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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The organization of this book is done poorly. My professor barely knew what he was teaching which means he needed a better book too! no outlines no chapter reviews. Nothing. I would not recommend this book to anyone, The subject is interesting but this book does not teach it well.
4.0 out of 5 stars ... done and a lot of the experiments are really fun and interesting to read about 17 Mar. 2015
By Attila - Published on Amazon.com
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It gets the job done and a lot of the experiments are really fun and interesting to read about. The wording and the wording on the descriptions can be hard to understand at times though.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nim Chimpsky 5 Nov. 2013
By Nicole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great introductory textbook to animal learning. The author uses lots of pictures, graphs, and in-depth discussions to help the reader understand the material.

The only thing this book lacks is a chapter on Instrumental learning. If you are a teacher, you should provide an additional book to go over schedules of reinforcement.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for now but pending final course grade 19 Oct. 2014
By Qriton Xavier - Published on Amazon.com
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Got it for class. It's a tolerable read for now, but I must confess I haven't given this book a fair shake since I am undecided about the course. Depending on my final grade, my final rating can go either way.
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