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How Monkeys See the World

Inside the Mind of Another Species

Cheney and Seyfarth enter the minds of vervet monkeys and other primates to explore the nature of primate intelligence and the evolution of cognition.

"This reviewer had to be restrained from stopping people in the street to urge them to read it: They would learn something of the way science is done, something about how monkeys see their world, and something about themselves, the mental models they inhabit."—Roger Lewin, Washington Post Book World

"A fascinating intellectual odyssey and a superb summary of where science stands."—Geoffrey Cowley, Newsweek

"A once-in-the-history-of-science enterprise."—Duane M. Rumbaugh, Quarterly Review of Biology

388 pages | 42 halftones, 36 figures, 4 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1990

Anthropology: Physical Anthropology

Biological Sciences: Behavioral Biology, Natural History

Cognitive Science: General Works

Table of Contents

1. What Is It Like to be a Monkey?
2. Social Behavior
3. Social Knowledge
4. Vocal Communication
5. What the Vocalizations of Monkeys Mean
6. Summarizing the Mental Representations of Vocalizations and Social Relationships
7. Deception
8. Attribution
9. Social and Nonsocial Intelligence
10. How Monkeys See the World


AAA/Biological Anthropology Section: W. W. Howells Award

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