Do Animals Think?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 623–624. Reviews the book, Cognitive Processes in Animal Behavior edited by Stewart H. Hulse, Harry Fowler, and Werner K. Honig (see record 1980-51406-000). As is often the case with collections of papers, the book is somewhat uneven. Most authors took the occasion to review some portion of their work, but others tended to be less data oriented and more theoretically inclined. The only consistent thread that unites the papers is the commitment to a learning-performance distinction. The book serves better as one from which readings could be selected to supplement materials making up seminars on a variety of topics including Pavlovian conditioning, memory, and so forth. To summarize, this book is a collection of nice reviews of work in a variety of areas in animal conditioning and learning. It does not have much to add to, the “cognitive movement,” but it surely will give comfort to those who espouse a Tolmanian view. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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