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Animal Wise

The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

by Virginia Morell

Animal Wise
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  • First Published:
    Feb 2013, 304 pages
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    Mar 2014, 304 pages

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By taking a look at the latest research in the field of animal cognitive behavior, Animal Wise helps us develop a deep and abiding respect for living creatures from invertebrates to primates.

While most of us can intuit that animals possess some emotional abilities, the specifics might elude us. Virginia Morell's book, Animal Wise, gives us many examples of these qualities. Did you know, for example, that ants have a strong ability to teach and learn and that some parrots can understand abstract concepts like "same" and "different", or "larger" and "smaller"?

How can science prove the cognitive, emotional and social abilities of animals? Morell's book of popular science, an extension of her career as correspondent for National Geographic Magazine, Science and Smithsonian, shows us how. It takes the reader on a journey through scientific research centers in different countries and sheds light on the experiments carried out at these laboratories. These studies focus on various animal genres – from small invertebrates to primates.

In Animal Wise, Morell also presents...

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