Pretending and Imagination in Animals and Children
Edited by Robert W Mitchell
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Pretending and Imagination in Animals and Children by Robert W Mitchell
Book DescriptionIt is well known that children's activities are full of pretending and imagination, but it is less appreciated that animals can also show similar activities. Originally published in 2002, this book focuses on comparing and contrasting children's and animals' pretenses and imaginative activities. In the text, overviews of research present conflicting interpretations of children's understanding of the psychology of pretense, and describe sociocultural factors which influence children's pretenses. Studies of nonhuman primates provide examples of their pretenses and other simulative activities, explore their representational and imaginative capacities and compare their skills with children. Although the psychological requirements for pretending are controversial, evidence presented in this volume suggests that great apes and even monkeys may share capacities for imagination with children, and that children's early pretenses may be less psychological than they appear.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521770309
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert W Mitchell
Spatial Cognition, Spatial Perception, Paperback (July 2014)
An analysis of human and non-human animals' spatial cognitive, perceptual, and behavioural processes through mapping internal and external spatial knowledge.
Mentalities of Gorillas and Orangutans, Paperback (November 2006)
This interesting 1999 study sets gorilla and orangutan cognitive abilities in context with the other great apes and humans.
Self-awareness in Animals and Humans, Paperback (May 2006)» View all books by Robert W Mitchell
Self-Awareness in Animals and Humans is a collection of original articles on self-awareness in monkeys, apes, humans, and other species.
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Author Biography - Robert W Mitchell
ROBERT W. MITCHELL is Professor of Psychology at the Eastern Kentucky University. He is currently interested in exploring the significance of kinesthetic-visual matching in human and animal behavior, experience and self-understanding, and is writing a history of scientific attitudes toward using anthropomorphism to understand animals. Professor Mitchell's previous books include Self-Awareness in Animals and Humans (1994, ISBN 0521441080), edited with S. T. Parker and M. L. Boccia, and The Mentalities of Gorillas and Orangutans (1999, ISBN 0521580277), edited with S. T. Parker and H. L. Miles.
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