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The Neuroscience of Animal Intelligence
Author: Euan Macphail

ISBN: 9780231061445
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 506
Published: 17 December 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 3.3
The Neuroscience of Animal Intelligence provides a critical survey of the physiological approach to learning, memory, and intelligence in nonhuman animals. The emphasis throughout is on the implications of physiological research for theories of intelligent processes in intact animals.
An introductory chapter examines the historical and theoretical background of the physiological work on learning and memory. Organized according to psychological topics, subsequent chapters proceed from simpler to more complex preparations and processes, emphasizing the implications of the work for behavioral theories. The book explores: non-associative learning, in the marine invertebrate Aplysia, and in the spinal cord and brain of vertebrates; associative learning, concentrating on the invertebrates Aplysia and Hermissenda, and on mechanisms in the cerebellum and hippocampus of mammals; the processing of contextual information, with emphasis on the special role of the hippocampus and the frontal cortex; the fractionation of memory, concentrating on the hippocampus and associated limbic structures.
After introducing two new approaches - comparative neur...

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