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Cognitive ecology II

Author: Reuven Dukas; John M Ratcliffe
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2009.
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Integrates numerous scientific disciplines to analyze the ecology and evolution of animal cognition. This title covers the mechanisms, ecology, and evolution of learning and memory, including  Read more...


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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cognitive ecology II.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2009
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Reuven Dukas; John M Ratcliffe
ISBN: 9780226169354 9780226169361 0226169359 0226169367
OCLC Number: 317922759
Description: 372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Learning: ultimate and proximate mechanisms --
Learning: mechanisms, ecology, and evolution / Reuven Dukas --
Introduction --
What is learning? --
Why learn? --
Who learns? --
What do animals learn? --
Is learning important? --
Prospects --
The how and why of structural plasticity in the adult honeybee brain / Susan E. Fahrbach and Scott Dobrin --
Introduction --
The honeybee as a model for the study of neural plasticity --
Mushroom bodies: neuroanatomy --
How does foraging experience change the structure of the honeybee mushroom bodies? --
What is the function of the honeybee mushroom bodies? --
Why are the mushroom bodies larger in experienced foragers? --
Studies of experience-dependent plasticity in the mushroom bodies of other insects --
Specific future directions --
Avian cognition: memory, song, and innovation --
More on the cognitive ecology of song communication and song learning in the song sparrow / Michael D. Beecher and John M. Burt --
Introduction --
Background --
Song learning in the field --
Communication by song in male-male interactions --
Social eavesdropping hypothesis --
Discussion --
Summary --
Consequences of brain development for sexual signaling in songbirds / William A. Searcy and Stephen Nowicki --
Introduction --
The song system --
Female preferences for song attributes --
Experimental tests of the developmental stress hypothesis --
Effects of developmental stress on phenotypic quality --
Conclusions and prospects --
Development of spatial memory and the hippocampus under nutritional stress: adaptive priorities or developmental constraints in brain development? / Vladimir V. Pravosudov --
Introduction --
Spatial memory and the hippocampus in birds --
Nutritional deficits during posthatching development, spatial memory, and the hippocampus in western scrub jays --
Nutritional deficits during postnatal development and the hippocampus in mammals --
Hippocampus and song nuclei in birds --
Does lack of nutrition directly cause changes in the brain? --
Stem cells --
Conclusions --
The cognitive-buffer hypothesis for the evolution of large brains / Daniel Sol --
Introduction --
Assumptions of the cognitive-buffer hypothesis --
Predictions of the cognitive-buffer hypothesis --
Synthesis --
Avenues for future research --
Summary --
Decision making: mate choice and predator-prey interactions --
Cognitive mate choice / Michael J. Ryan, Karin L. Akre, and Mark Kirkpatrick --
Introduction --
Detection and perception --
Evaluation and decision --
Conclusions and future directions --
Monogamous brains and alternative tactics: neuronal v1ar, space use, and sexual infidelity among male prairie voles / Steven M. Phelps and Alexander G. Pphir --
Introduction --
Reproductive decisions, space use, and mating tactics --
Neural substrates of alternative tactics --
Microsatellite polymorphisms and phenotypic diversity --
Monogamy and cognitive ecology reconsidered --
Assessing risk: embryos, information, and escape hatching / Karen M. Warkentin and Michael S. Caldwell --
Introduction --
Cognitive strategies to assess risk using nonstereotyped cues --
Adaptive responses of embryos in heterogeneous environments --
Hatching decisions: information use by red-eyed treefrog embryos --
Conclusions and future directions --
Predator-prey interaction in an auditory world / John M. Ratcliffe --
Of bats and moths and coevolution --
Sensory ecology and behavioral flexibility of predatory bats --
Neuroethology of auditory-evoked defenses in noctuoid moths --
Bat detection and the primary and secondary defenses of moths --
Summary and conclusions --
Cognition and sociality --
What do functionally referential alarm calls refer to? / Marta B. Manser --
Introduction --
Meerkat alarm calls --
What do functionally referential alarm calls refer to? --
Why are some alarm calls considered functionally referential and not others? --
Can functionally referential calls be explained by emotional expression of the signaler? --
Conclusions --
Summary --
Adaptive trade-offs in the use of social and personal information / Rachel L. Kendal, Isabelle Coolen, and Kevin N. Laland --
Introduction --
'When' strategies --
'Who' strategies --
Evolutionary implications --
Summary and future directions --
The 3e's approach to social information use in birds: ecology, ethology, and evolutionary history / Ira G. Federspiel, Nicola S. Clayton, and Nathan J. Emery --
Introduction --
Case studies --
Conclusions --
Prospects / Reuven Dukas and John M. Ratcliffe.
Responsibility: edited by Reuven Dukas & John M. Ratcliffe.


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