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Cognitive Ecology II

Reuven Dukas and John M. Ratcliffe


This book is an attempt to describe cognitive ecology, which focuses on the ecology and evolution of “cognition,” defined as the neuronal processes concerned with the acquisition, retention, and use of information. It presents new work on established and emergent research programs relating cognition to avian ecology. The authors find that, with few exceptions, all animals have to make decisions within the four general categories of feeding, predator avoidance, interactions with competitors, and sexual behavior. Few chapters of the book focus on cognitive aspects of decisions made within two of ... More

Keywords: cognitive ecology, evolution, cognition, social information, social learning, acquisition, retention, use of information

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226169354
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226169378.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reuven Dukas, editor

John M. Ratcliffe, editor

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1 Introduction

Reuven Dukas & John M. Ratcliffe

Part I Learning: Ultimate and Proximate Mechanisms

Part II Avian Cognition: Memory, Song, and Innovation

Part III Decision Making: Mate Choice and Predator-Prey Interactions

8 Cognitive Mate Choice

Michael J. Ryan, Karin L. Akre & Mark Kirkpatrick

10 Assessing Risk: Embryos, Information, and Escape Hatching

Karen M. Warkentin & Michael S. Caldwell

Part IV Cognition and Sociality

13 Adaptive Trade-offs in the Use of Social and Personal Information

Rachel L. Kendal, Isabelle Coolen & Kevin N. Laland

15 Prospects

Reuven Dukas & John M. Ratcliffe