Additional readings [under construction!]
The intention here is not to be comprehensive, but to give you
enough historical and current sources to be able to dig further into
the literature on your own. General histories are grouped together
near the top, but histories that have a narrower focus ard found
under the topic headings. Sometimes, where to locate a piece of work
is an imprecise judgement call.
NOTE: For convenience I've also included here items that are on the required list.
Many journals publish reports of empirical research in animal cognition, including
Trends in Cognitive Science,
Behavioural and Brain Sciences,
Frontiers in Psychology,
but the following tend to have the highest proportion of animal cognition empirical research reports:
19th-EARLY 20th C. ORIGINAL WORKS
COGNITION (general + methodology)
- Kristin Andrews
SEP "Animal Cognition" article reference list
- Amalia Bastos, Alex Taylor, Rachael Brown, Colin Allen (under review) —
"The signature-testing approach to mapping biological and artificial intelligences"
- Benjamin Farrar, Ljerka Ostojić, Nicola Clayton 2021 —
"The hidden side of animal cognition research: Scientists’ attitudes toward bias, replicability and scientific practice"
- Daniel Povinelli 2020 —
"Can Comparative Psychology Crack its Toughest Nut?"
- Hayley Clatterbuck 2016 —
"The logical problem and the theoretician's dilemma"
- Cecilia Heyes 2016 —
"Animal mindreading: what’s the problem?"
Irina Mikhalevich 2015 —
"Experiment and Animal Minds: Why the Choice of the Null Hypothesis Matters"
Kristin Andrews & Brian Huss 2014 —
"Anthropomorphism, anthropectomy, and the null hypothesis"
Colin Allen 2014 —
"Models, Mechanisms, and Animal Minds"
Elliott Sober 2012 —
"Anthropomorphism, parsimony, and common ancestry"
- Cameron Buckner 2011 —
"Two Approaches to the Distinction between Cognition and ‘Mere Association’"
William Timberlake 2002
"Niche-related learning in laboratory paradigms: the case of maze behavior in Norway rats"
Marc Bekoff, Colin Allen & Gordon Burghardt (Eds.) 2002 —
The Cognitive Animal: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives on Animal Cognition
open access book
- Gordon Burghardt 1997 —
"Amending Tinbergen:a fifth aim for ethology"
Peter Marler & Carolyn Ristau (Eds.) 1990 —
Cognitive Ethology:Essays in Honor of Donald R. Griffin
Daniel Dennett 1983 —
"Intentional systems in cognitive ethology: The "Panglossian paradigm" defended"
(note that main article ends p.13; the rest is commentary and response
Donald Griffin 1976 —
The Question of Animal Awareness: Evolutionary Continuity of Mental Experience
COMMUNICATION (AND LANGUAGE)
- Dorit Bar-On 2021 —
"How to do things with nonwords: pragmatics, biosemantics, and origins of language in animal communication"
- Dorothy Cheney & Robert Seyfarth 2018 —
"Flexible usage and social function in primate vocalizations"
- Philippe Schlenker et al. 2016 —
"Formal monkey linguistics"
- Cristiane Cä̈sar, Klaus Zuberbü̈hler, Robert Young & Richard Byrne 2013 —
"Titi monkey call sequences vary with predator location and type"
Ulrich Stegmann (Ed.) 2013 —
Animal Communication Theory: Information and Influence
[contents incl. w/Allen 2013 below]
Colin Allen 2013 —
"Information and uncertainty in meerkats and monkeys"
Robert Seyfarth, Dorothy Cheney, et al. 2010 —
"The central importance of information in studies of animal communication"
Michael Owren, Drew Rendall, Michael Ryan 2010 —
"Redefining animal signaling: influence versus information in communication"
- See also Radick 2007 under HISTORIES above... and book symposium:
Thomas Suddendorf, Mark E. Borrello, Colin Allen, & Gregory Radick 2012 —
"If I could talk to the animals: Symposium on Gregory Radick's The Simian Tongue"
Tania Munz 2005 —
"The Bee Battles: Karl von Frisch, Adrian Wenner and the Honey Bee Dance Language Controversy"
Eileen Crist 2004 —
"Can an Insect Speak? The Case of the Honeybee Dance Language"
Peter Marler 1961 —
"The Logical Analysis of Animal Communication"
COMPARATIVE COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
EMOTIONS, PAIN & FEELINGS
NORMATIVITY'S ANIMAL ORIGINS
REASONING & RATIONALITY
THEORY OF MIND / MINDREADING
TOOLS AND CAUSES
A partial list of currently active principal investigators (and
primary research animals) that you may want to check out in more
- Sarah Benson-Amram (racoons and birds)
- Culum Brown (fish()
- Thomas Bugnyar (corvids and kea)
- Gordon Burghardt (reptiles)
- Judith Burkart (monkeys)
- Josep Call (primates)
- Erica Cartmill (apes)
- Lars Chittka (insects)
- Nicky Clayton (corvids)
- Jonathon Crystal (rats)
- Fred Dyer (bees)
- Julia Fischer (monkeys)
- Russell Gray (corvids)
- Brian Hare (dogs and primates)
- Kay Holekamp (hyenas)
- Alexandra Horowitz (dogs)
- Ludwig Huber (dogs)
- Vincent Janik (dolphins)
- Alex Kacelnik (crows)
- Heidi Lynn (apes and dolphins)
- Adam Miklosi (dogs and wolves)
- Ximena Nelson (kea)
- Onur Güntürkün (pigeons and magpies)
- Jennifer Mather (octopus)
- Frederike Range (dogs and wolves)
- Laurie Santos (monkeys)
- Alex Taylor (crows and kea)
- Michael Tomassello (apes)
- Elisabetta Visalberghi (capuchins)
- Natalie Uomini (crows)
- Sofia Viranyi (dogs and wolves)
- Ed Wasserman (pigeons)
- Clive Wynne (pigeons and dogs)
- Thomas Zentall (pigeons)
- Klaus Zuberbühler (monkeys)
A partial list of scientists who were actively doing comparative
cognition research during in the post-Griffin era, but are
retired, deceased, or otherwise currently inactive scientists whom
you may want to check out in more detail.
- Marc Bekoff (canids)
- Sarah Boysen (chimpanzees)
- Maggie Chalmers (monkeys)
- Dorothy Cheney (monkeys)
- Roger Fouts (chimpanzees)
- James Gould (honeybees)
- Marc Hauser (monkeys)
- Louis Herman (dolphins)
- Brendan McGonigle (monkeys)
- Tetsuro Matsuzawa (apes)
- Irene Pepperberg (parrots)
- Daniel Povinelli (apes)
- Duane Rumbaugh (monkeys)
- Sue Savage-Rumbaugh (bonobos)
- Ron Schuster (sealions)
- Robert Seyfarth (monkeys)
- William Timberlake (rats)
- Carel van Schaik (primates)
- Rüdiger Wehner (ants)