This book represents a unique and elaborate exposition of the neural organization of language, memory, and spatial perception in a wide variety of species including humans, bees, fish, rodents, and monkeys. The editors have united the comparative approach with its emphasis on evolutionary determinants of behavior, the neurobiological approach with its emphasis on the neural determinants of behavior, and the cognitive approach with its emphasis on understanding higher-order mental functions. The combination of these three approaches provides an unusual look at the neurobiology of comparative cognition, and should stimulate increased investigations in this field and related disciplines.
Contents: Part I:Introduction. W. Hodos, C.B.G. Campbell, Evolutionary Scales and Comparative Studies of Animal Cognition. Part II:Neurobiology of Communication. B. Gordon, Human Language. U. J rgens, Vocal Communication in Primates. H. Williams, Bird Song. Part III:Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. E.A. Murray, Representational Memory in Nonhuman Primates. A.S. Powers, Brain Mechanisms of Learning in Reptiles. R.P. Kesner, Learning and Memory in Rats With an Emphasis on the Role of the Hippocampal Formation. J.B. Overmier, K.L. Hollis, Fish in the Think Tank: Learning, Memory, and Integrated Behavior. R. Menzel, Learning, Memory, and "Cognition" in Honey Bees. J.H. Byrne, Learning and Memory in Aplysia and Other Invertebrates. Part IV.Neurobiology of Spatial Organization. F.J. Friedrich, Frameworks for the Study of Human Spatial Impairments. E.T. Rolls, Functions of the Primate Hippocampus in Spatial Processing and Memory. B. Leonard, B.L. McNaughton, Spatial Representation in the Rat: Conceptual, Behavioral, and Neurophysiological Perspectives. V.P. Bingman, Spatial Navigation in Birds.