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Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition…

Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition (Oxford Biology)

by Ádám Miklósi

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    If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind by Vilmos Csanyi (nsblumenfeld)
    nsblumenfeld: Miklósi and Csányi are colleagues, and have written complementary books. Miklósi's is a methodologically rigorous academic text, an interdisciplinary review of the literature that eschews cute dog stories and folk knowledge and lays out what we are pretty sure we actually know about dog evolution, and the social, perceptual and behavioral world of dogs. Csányi's is a popular rather than academic book, more conversational and willing to look at the anecdotal as well as the empirical.… (more)

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Very interesting read for people with an interest in the topic. This book collates all of the current research into dog behavior, evolution and cognition with an evolutionary & ecological approach.
  dobermantalk | Sep 10, 2010 |
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In 1994, after some discussion, we decided to clear our laboratories of the aquaria that had been in use for many years in a research programme on the ethology of learning in the paradise fish (Csányi 1993).
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This is the first book to collate and synthesize the recent burgeoning primary research literature on dog behaviour, evolution, and cognition. The author presents a new ecological approach to the understanding of dog behaviour, demonstrating how dogs can be the subject of rigorous and productive scientific study without the need to confine them to a laboratory environment.

Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition starts with an overview of the conceptual and methodological issues associated with the study of the dog, followed by a brief description of their role in human society-almost a third of human families share their daily life with the dog! An evolutionary perspective is then introduced with a summary of current research into the process of domestication. The central part of the book is devoted to issues relating to the cognitive aspects of behaviour which have received particular attention in recent years from both psychologists and ethologists. The book's final chapters introduce the reader to many novel approaches to dog behaviour, set in the context of behavioural development and genetics.

Directions for future research are highlighted throughout the text which also incorporates links to human and primate research by drawing on homologies and analogies in both evolution and behaviour. The book will therefore be of relevance and use to anyone with an interest in behavioural ecology including graduate students of animal behaviour and cognition, as well as a more general audience of dog enthusiasts, biologists, psychologists and sociologists.

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