comparative psychology

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com·par·a·tive psy·chol·o·gy

a branch of psychology concerned with the study and comparison of the behavior of organisms at different levels of phylogenic development to discover developmental trends.
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After returning to Germany in 1920, Kohler did not continue his comparative psychology research in primates.
In his "Animal Intelligence" (1911) Thorndike raged against the wild over-interpretations of animal behavior that had characterized the field of comparative psychology up to that time.
Comparative psychology and ethology have unfortunately become subsumed under neuropsychology (an observation immediately salient in the lack of jobs in the former and the surfeit of jobs in the latter).
From the point of view of comparative psychology an interesting question within this line of research is whether human and nonhuman animals establish the same associative structure when confronting roughly similar situations.
Individual papers address topics such as comparative psychology from Indian, Chinese, and Western perspectives, effects of disabilities on mental health, yoga and the state of the mind, chronic disease in Indian society, and psychological recovery from disaster and trauma.
Tambien organizo y coordino eventos como la XXVIII International Ethological Conference en el ano 2003, y fue miembro del Intenational Council of Ethologists y de la International Society of Comparative Psychology.
The researchers detailed their findings in the latest issue of the Journal of Comparative Psychology. (ANI)
Topics include Rumbaugh's studies in comparative psychology, the role of apes in intelligent science and conservation, studies at the Great Ape Research Institute, the Darwinian aspect of the continuity of cognition across species, apes' contributions of personality to the study of behavior and cognition, species of parsimony in comparative studies of cognition, the concept of emergence, needs for new methods of assessment, the transfer index, list-making and mathematical monkeys with route-planning skills, prospective control, animal language from the past to the future, comparative psychology and language, the neurophysiological perspective, the emergence of language and toolmaking, and a case study of learning to make tools.
King, and West report in the December 1995 Journal of Comparative Psychology. The cowbirds managed to trill rapidly like canaries.

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