Originally published in 1978, this book is a collection of chapters based on the papers read at a conference in 1976 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The title starts with an introductory essay in which a metatheoretical and philosophical approach to the problem of cognition in animals is discussed. The succeeding chapters are arranged, topically, from basic associative processes to higher mental operations. Problems derived from models of association are discussed; as well as work on attention, memory, and the processing of stimulus information; other deal with time, spatial, and serial organization of behaviour, and concept formation.
Preface. 1. On the Conceptual Nature of Cognitive Terms: An Initial Essay Werner K. Honig 2. Some Implications of a Cognitive Perspective on Pavlovian Conditioning Robert A. Rescorla 3. Stimulus Relationships and Feature Selection in Learning and Behavior Eliot Hearst 4. The Role of Stimulus Learning in Defensive Behavior Robert C. Bolles 5. Cognitive Associations as Evident in the Blocking Effects of Response-Contingent CSs Harry Fowler 6. Cognitive or Associative Theories of Conditioning: Implications of an Analysis of Blocking N.J. Mackintosh 7. Expectancies and the Priming of STM Allan R. Wagner 8. Studies of Working Memory in the Pigeon Werner K. Honig 9. Selective Attention and Related Cognitive Processes in Pigeons Donald A. Riley and H.L. Roitblat 10. The Internal Clock Russell M. Church 11. Cognitive Structure and Serial Pattern Learning by Animals Stewart H. Hulse 12. Characteristics of Spatial Memory David S. Olton 13. Cognitive Mapping in Chimpanzees Emil W. Menzel 14. On the Abstractness of Human Concepts: Why it Would Be Difficult to Talk to a Pigeon David Premack. Author Index. Subject Index.