[MARMAM] new publication on dolphin cognition

Adam Pack pack at hawaii.edu
Thu Nov 18 23:59:48 PST 2010

Aloha Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the publication of the following paper on the  
synergistic relationship of laboratory and field studies in the  
investigation of dolphin cognition and behavior.

"Pack, A. A. (2010).  The synergy of laboratory and field studies of  
dolphin behavior and cognition.  International Journal of Comparative  
Psychology, 23, pp. 538-565."

The abstract is presented below:

Dolphin behavior and cognition have been studied in both the  
laboratory and the wild. Laboratory
studies provide high levels of control over experimental variables and  
the opportunity to investigate
the cognitive mechanisms of behavior. However, laboratory studies are  
typically limited to a few
subjects. Field studies have the benefit of examining behavior and  
social interactions among large
numbers of individuals. They can reveal how cognitive abilities are  
expressed naturally, and can
provide external validity for observations in the laboratory. However,  
there is typically less control
over experimental variables in field studies than in the laboratory.  
Thus, a synergistic relationship has
emerged between laboratory and field studies of dolphin behavior and  
cognition with each
contributing information and ideas to the other that can lead to new  
questions and insights. This
relationship is demonstrated using four issues: a) the types of  
percepts and mental representations
dolphins can form through echolocation; b) the complexity of  
relationships that dolphins can
understand; c) the dolphin‟s competency in symbolic referential  
communication; and d) the dolphin‟s
ability to manage joint attention through pointing and gazing.

Pdfs copies can be obtained from the following journal link http://comparativepsychology.org/ejournal.html#i234 
  or directly from  pack at hawaii.edu.

Best regards and happy holidays,

Adam A. Pack, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Psychology & Biology
University of Hawaii at Hilo

Mailing Address:
Psychology Department
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 West Kawili St.
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Voice: 808-375-7892
email: pack at hawaii.edu

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