The Resource Beyond the brain : how body and environment shape animal and human minds, Louise Barrett

Beyond the brain : how body and environment shape animal and human minds, Louise Barrett

Label
Beyond the brain : how body and environment shape animal and human minds
Title
Beyond the brain
Title remainder
how body and environment shape animal and human minds
Statement of responsibility
Louise Barrett
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"When a chimpanzee stockpiles rocks as weapons or when a frog sends out mating calls, we might easily assume these animals know their own motivations--that they use the same psychological mechanisms that we do. But as Beyond the Brain indicates, this is a dangerous assumption because animals have different evolutionary trajectories, ecological niches, and physical attributes. How do these differences influence animal thinking and behavior? Removing our human-centered spectacles, Louise Barrett investigates the mind and brain and offers an alternative approach for understanding animal and human cognition. Drawing on examples from animal behavior, comparative psychology, robotics, artificial life, developmental psychology, and cognitive science, Barrett provides remarkable new insights into how animals and humans depend on their bodies and environment--not just their brains--to behave intelligently. Barrett begins with an overview of human cognitive adaptations and how these color our views of other species, brains, and minds. Considering when it is worth having a big brain--or indeed having a brain at all--she investigates exactly what brains are good at. Showing that the brain's evolutionary function guides action in the world, she looks at how physical structure contributes to cognitive processes, and she demonstrates how these processes employ materials and resources in specific environments. Arguing that thinking and behavior constitute a property of the whole organism, not just the brain, Beyond the Brain illustrates how the body, brain, and cognition are tied to the wider world"--
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Barrett, Louise
Dewey number
591.5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QL933
LC item number
.B27 2011
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
QL933
NAL item number
.B27 2011
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2011 K-514
  • WL 337
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brain
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Ecology
  • Cognition
  • Brain
  • Biological Evolution
  • Environment
  • Cognition
  • Mind and body
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • SCIENCE
  • MEDICAL
  • Brain
  • Ecology
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Gehirn
  • Evolution
  • Kognition
  • Psychologie
  • Tiere
  • Gehirn
  • Evolution
  • Kognition
  • Psychologie
  • Evolution (biologi)
  • Hjärna
  • Hjärna
  • Kognition
Label
Beyond the brain : how body and environment shape animal and human minds, Louise Barrett
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Removing ourselves from the picture -- The anthropomorphic animal -- Small brains, smart behavior -- The implausible nature of Portia -- When do you need a big brain? -- The ecology of psychology -- Metaphorical mind fields -- There is no such thing as a naked brain -- World in action -- Babies and bodies -- Wider than the sky
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 270 p.
Isbn
9780691165561
Lccn
2010048477
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Presented to the University of Manitoba Libraries by John Alfred Sunde.
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)679940665
  • (OCoLC)ocn679940665
Label
Beyond the brain : how body and environment shape animal and human minds, Louise Barrett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Removing ourselves from the picture -- The anthropomorphic animal -- Small brains, smart behavior -- The implausible nature of Portia -- When do you need a big brain? -- The ecology of psychology -- Metaphorical mind fields -- There is no such thing as a naked brain -- World in action -- Babies and bodies -- Wider than the sky
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 270 p.
Isbn
9780691165561
Lccn
2010048477
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Presented to the University of Manitoba Libraries by John Alfred Sunde.
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)679940665
  • (OCoLC)ocn679940665

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