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The Mind of the Chimpanzee: Ecological and Experimental Perspectives
edited by Elizabeth V. Lonsdorf, Stephen R. Ross and Tetsuro Matsuzawa
foreword by Jane Goodall
University of Chicago Press, 2010
eISBN: 978-0-226-49281-0 | Cloth: 978-0-226-49278-0 | Paper: 978-0-226-49279-7
Library of Congress Classification QL737.P96M57 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 599.88515


Understanding the chimpanzee mind is akin to opening a window onto human consciousness. Many of our complex cognitive processes have origins that can be seen in the way that chimpanzees think, learn, and behave. The Mind of the Chimpanzee brings together scores of prominent scientists from around the world to share the most recent research into what goes on inside the mind of our closest living relative.

Intertwining a range of topics—including imitation, tool use, face recognition, culture, cooperation, and reconciliation—with critical commentaries on conservation and welfare, the collection aims to understand how chimpanzees learn, think, and feel, so that researchers can not only gain insight into the origins of human cognition, but also crystallize collective efforts to protect wild chimpanzee populations and ensure appropriate care in captive settings. With a breadth of material on cognition and culture from the lab and the field, The Mind of the Chimpanzee is a first-rate synthesis of contemporary studies of these fascinating mammals that will appeal to all those interested in animal minds and what we can learn from them.

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