Comparative Vertebrate Cognition

Are Primates Superior to Non-Primates?

  • Lesley J. Rogers
  • Gisela Kaplan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Complex Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nathan J. Emery, Nicola S. Clayton
      Pages 3-55
  3. Social Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Yfke van Bergen, Kevin N. Laland, William Hoppitt
      Pages 141-168
  4. Communication

  5. Theory of Mind

  6. Brain, Evolution, and Hemispheric Specialization

  7. Epilogue

    1. Gisela Kaplan, Lesley Rogers
      Pages 371-374
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 375-386

About this book


This book explores afresh the long-standing interest, and emphasis on, the `special' capacities of primates. Some of the recent discoveries of the higher cognitive abilities of other mammals and also birds challenge the concept that primates are special and even the view that the cognitive ability of apes is more advanced than that of nonprimate mammals and birds. It is therefore timely to ask whether primates are, in fact, special and to do so from a broad range of perspectives. Divided into five sections this book deals with topics about higher cognition and how it is manifested in different species, and also considers aspects of brain structure that might be associated with complex behavior.


animals behavior evolution fish mammals primates

Editors and affiliations

  • Lesley J. Rogers
    • 1
  • Gisela Kaplan
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Neuroscience and Animal Behaviour School of Biological, Biomedical and Molecular SciencesUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4717-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8913-0
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