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The Complex Mind

An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • David McFarland
  • Keith Stenning
  • Maggie McGonigle-Chalmers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Complexity and the Animal Mind

  3. Complexity in Robots

  4. Language, Evolution and the Complex Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-196
    2. Colin Allen
      Pages 223-242
    3. Wolfram Hinzen
      Pages 243-263
    4. Keith Stenning, Michiel van Lambalgen
      Pages 264-282
  5. Epilogue: Brendan McGonigle

    1. David McFarland, Keith Stenning, Maggie McGonigle-Chalmers
      Pages 283-288
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 289-295

About this book


Combining the study of animal minds, artificial minds, and human evolution, this book examine the advances made by comparative psychologists in explaining the intelligent behaviour of primates, the design of artificial autonomous systems and the cognitive products of language evolution.


behavior cognition developmental psychology evolution language memory

Editors and affiliations

  • David McFarland
    • 1
  • Keith Stenning
    • 2
  • Maggie McGonigle-Chalmers
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OxfordUK
  2. 2.University of EdinburghUK

About the editors

DAVID MCFARLAND Emeritus Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford, UK. He is author and editor of many books on behaviour; his most recent publications include Artificial Ethology, Oxford Dictionary of Animal Behaviour and Guilty Robots, Happy Dogs: The Question of Alien Minds.

KEITH STENNING Professor of Human Communication at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His research interests include: comparison of modalities of representation, learning/teaching of formal knowledge.

MARGARET MCGONIGLE Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her research interests include developmental cognition, executive functioning in childhood autism and Fragile X syndrome and cognitive neuroscience.

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