Natural History and Evolution of Learning in Nonhuman Mammals

  • S. J. Shettleworth
Part of the Dahlem Workshop Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 29)


Traditional comparative psychological approaches to the evolution of learning are inadequate for dealing with a broadly based natural history of learning. An approach based on and integrated with other areas of behavioral ecology is outlined. Learning is viewed as the set of ways of solving ecological problems requiring that the individual adjust its behavior to the details of its own environment. Among nonhuman mammals there is a great deal of variation in the nature and amount of learning that different species’ life-styles require.


Home Range Behavioral Ecology Vervet Monkey Feeding Niche Encephalization Quotient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. J. Shettleworth
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  1. 1.Dept. of PsychologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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