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Preface

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 May 2010

Sue Taylor Parker
Affiliation:
Sonoma State University, California
Kathleen Rita Gibson
Affiliation:
University of Texas, Houston
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The editors conceived this book with the double purpose of introducing to a larger public a new approach to the study of animal abilities and of stimulating additional studies in the new research program described in this volume. This research program, which we call “comparative developmental evolutionary psychology,” is based on the application of frameworks from human developmental psychology and evolutionary biology to comparative studies of primate abilities. All of the studies reported in this volume are either directly or indirectly developmental; that is, they either trace the ontogenetic development of specific abilities within developmental frameworks or use such frameworks to compare the nature and level of abilities of their subjects to those of human infants and children at various stages of development. None of the studies in this volume have been published elsewhere. The majority of the chapters grew out of presentations made at a 3-day workshop held as a presession of the Ninth International Congress of Primatology at Göttingen, West Germany, in July 1986. The additional chapters are by colleagues of the original contributors or by researchers whose work we discovered subsequent to the workshop.

This book is the second volume devoted specifically and exclusively to studies of animal intelligence and cognition based on comparative developmental (Piagetian, neo-Piagetian, and developmental psycholinguistic) perspectives. The first volume, which was published last year, reported on long-term studies of intellectual development in cebus, gorillas, and macaques at the Comparative Psychology Laboratory at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) in Rome (Antinucci, 1989). Several members of that laboratory are contributors to this book.

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'Language' and Intelligence in Monkeys and Apes
Comparative Developmental Perspectives
, pp. xiv - xvi
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 1990

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  • Preface
  • Edited by Sue Taylor Parker, Sonoma State University, California, Kathleen Rita Gibson, University of Texas, Houston
  • Book: 'Language' and Intelligence in Monkeys and Apes
  • Online publication: 11 May 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511665486.002
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  • Preface
  • Edited by Sue Taylor Parker, Sonoma State University, California, Kathleen Rita Gibson, University of Texas, Houston
  • Book: 'Language' and Intelligence in Monkeys and Apes
  • Online publication: 11 May 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511665486.002
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  • Preface
  • Edited by Sue Taylor Parker, Sonoma State University, California, Kathleen Rita Gibson, University of Texas, Houston
  • Book: 'Language' and Intelligence in Monkeys and Apes
  • Online publication: 11 May 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511665486.002
Available formats
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