Animal Play: Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives

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Juni 2004



Why do animals play? Play has been described in animals as diverse as reptiles, birds and mammals, so what benefits does it provide and how did it evolve? Careful, quantitative studies of social, locomotor and object play behavior are now beginning to answer these questions and shed light on many other aspects of both animal and human behavior. This unique interdisciplinary volume brings together the major findings about play in a wide range of species including humans. Topics about play include the evolutionary history of play, play structure, function and development, and sex and individual differences. Animal Play is destined to become the benchmark volume in this subject for many years to come, and will provide a source of inspiration and understanding for students and researchers in behavioral biology, neurobiology, psychology and anthropology.


1. Introduction; 2. The evolutionary origins of play revisited: lessons from turtles G. M. Burghardt; 3. Play in common ravens (Corvus corax) B. Heinrich and R. Smolker; 4. Object play by adult animals B. Heinrich and R. Smolker; 5. Kangaroos at play: play behaviour in the Macropodoidea D. M. Watson; 6. Intentional communication and social play: how and why animals negotiate and agree to play M. Bekoff and C. Allen; 7. The structure-function interface in the analysis of play fighting S. M. Pellis and V. C. Pellis; 8. Sparring as play in young pronghorn males M. N. Miller and J. A. Byers; 9. Squirrel monkey playfighting: making the case for a cognitive training hypothesis M. Biben; 10. Self assessment in juvenile play K. V. Thompson; 11. Biological effects of locomotor play: getting into shape, or something more specific? J. A. Byers; 12. Neurobiological substrates of play behaviour: glimpses into the structure and function of mammalian playfulness S. M. Siviy; 13. Play as an organizing principle: clinical evidence and personal observations S. Brown.


' ... anyone interested in play should not hesitate to read or buy this book. It puts down a definite marker for play research in the 1990s, and suggests many interesting leads for research on play through into the next millenium.' Peter K. Smith, Animal Behaviour
EAN: 9780521586566
ISBN: 0521586569
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2004
Seitenanzahl: 292 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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