1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Comparative Psychology

    394 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    394 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of Comparative Psychology is an international reference work that offers scientists and students a balanced overview of current research in the field of comparative psychology and animal behavior.

    The book takes an integrative approach to animal behavior, with most of the chapters discussing research involving both proximate (developmental and mechanistic) and ultimate (functional and phylogenetic) levels of analysis. Chapters cover the major ideas of core topics in the field and examine emerging research trends to provide readers deeper understanding of these ideas. One of the strengths of this book is its the coverage of core topics in comparative psychology and animal behavior from different – and diverse – perspectives. The diverse perspectives come from the wide range of focal species studied by chapter authors, a range traditionally quite atypical for comparative psychology, and from the widespread international representation of the authors and the diversity of departments and research centers at which these authors work in. The first part of the Handbook examines historical and foundational principles and theories in the field. The second part focuses on individual behavior systems. The final part of the book is devoted to a diversity of ideas that extend our understanding of behavior into new directions.

    The Routledge International Handbook of Comparative Psychology is an essential resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and established academics, as well as others who are interested in comparative psychology and animal behavior.

    Part 1. Foundations

    Introduction to Handbook

    1. Historical Perspectives on Comparative Psychology and Related Fields

    Gordon M. Burghardt and Lee C. Drickamer

    2. Behaviourism: Past and Present

    Gonzalo P. Urcelay and Joaquín M. Alfei

    3. On strengths and limitations of field, semi-natural captive, and laboratory study settings

    George W. Uetz, David L. Clark and Brent Stoffer

    4. Ontogeny of Behavior

    Sébastien Derégnaucourt and Patrizia d’Ettorre

    5. Sensation, Perception, and Attention

    Jessica L. Yorzinski and Will Whitham

    6. Motivation and Emotion

    Jerry Hogan

    7. Comparative Cognition

    Mary C. Olmstead and Valerie A. Kuhlmeier

    8. Cognitive Ecology

    Julie Morand-Ferron

    Part 2. Behavioral Systems

    9. Habitat Selection

    Yamil E. Di Blanco and Mario S. Di Bitetti

    10. Where, what and with whom to eat: towards an integrative study of foraging behaviour

    Mathieu Lihoreau and Tamara Gómez-Moracho

    11. Causal factors in the study of vigilance

    Guy Beauchamp

    12. Communication

    Eleanor Caves, Patrick Green and Melissa Hughes

    13. Intraspecific Aggression and Social Dominance

    Christine M. Drea and Nicholas M. Grebe

    14. Mating Behaviour

    Patricia A. Gowaty

    15. Parental Behaviour

    Juana Luis and Luis O. Romero-Morales

    16. Play behavior: a comparative perspective

    Elisabetta Palagi and Sergio Pellis

    Part 3. Complexities and Interactions

    17. Sociality and Cooperation

    Amanda R. Ridley

    18. Cultural Behaviour in Cetaceans

    Alex South, Ellen C. Garland and Luke Rendell

    19. Tool Use

    Akane Nagano

    20. Bridging the gap between human language and animal vocal communication

    Sabrina Engesser and Simon William Townsend

    21. Reasoning

    Valérie Dufour 

    22. Deception in Animal Communication

    Tom Flower

    23. Evolutionary behavioural ecology perspectives on personality in non-human animals

    Niels J. Dingemanse and Denis Réale

    24. Social Contextual Influences on Behaviour

    Todd M. Freeberg and Brittany A. Coppinger

    25. Network approaches to understanding social organization and complexity

    Elizabeth A. Hobson and Gerald G. Carter

    26. Changing Ideas About Mating Systems

    Nancy G. Solomon and Brian Keane

    27. Human mate choice

    Jan Havlíček, Zuzana Štěrbová and Zsófia Csajbók

    28. Bridging the gap: human-animal comparisons 


    Todd M. Freeberg is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. His research focuses on animal communication: the factors driving signaling complexity and how variation in social groups influences variation in signaling behavior. He is currently the Associate Editor of the Journal of Comparative Psychology.

    Amanda R. Ridley is an Associate Professor of behavioral ecology whose research has primarily focused on cooperative breeding, cognition, and the relationship between the two. She primarily works with wild animals and has established several long-term study sites on avian species – pied babblers and western Australian magpies. Amanda is currently an Editor for Behavioural Ecology.

    Patrizia d’Ettorre is Exceptional Class Professor at Sorbonne Paris Nord University, and senior member of Institut Universitaire de France. Using an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating behavioral and evolutionary biology, chemical ecology and neuro-ethology, she has been studying recognition of identity, communication, personality and cognition in social insects. She is Associate Editor of several Frontiers journals.