How Animals Think and Feel

An Introduction to Non-Human Psychology

by Ken Cheng


Understanding the inner workings of various animal brains can provide insights into our own psychology.

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October 2016


Pages 294
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General

This highly accessible book explains key scientific findings in the areas of animal cognition, emotion, and behavior in easy-to-understand language.

Why do dogs get separation anxiety? Can a chimpanzee recognize itself in a mirror? Do animals in a zoo get neurotic? Do animals actually have emotions, or are humans simply anthropomorphizing them? How Animals Think and Feel: An Introduction to Non-Human Psychology answers these interesting questions and many more in its examination of animal psychology—particularly non-human primates (our closest relatives) and companion animals (the animals with which we spend the most time).

Readers will learn about the history of the study of animals as well as the methodologies and applications of animal research, examples of higher-level thought and problem solving in animals, learning and memory, emotion, and basic behaviors such as feeding and mating. Chapters examine specific animal species or groups in greater depth to address particular behaviors and discuss characteristic traits. The book also includes sidebars that offer additional high-interest, ready-reference content; a bibliography of print and electronic sources for further study; and a glossary of unfamiliar terms.


  • Offers readers a holistic view of the subject via a thematic chapter format that explores the subject from a variety of angles
  • Presents debate sections that offer insights into current controversies and model critical thinking and argument development skills
  • Includes profiles of specific animal species that allow readers to easily look up information about that animal
Author Info

Ken Cheng, PhD, is professor of biological sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has published more than 100 scientific papers on comparative cognition and neuro-ethology. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and an editor of the journal Animal Cognition. Cheng holds a master of education from Harvard University and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.



"Overall, this volume fills an important gap in the field by providing an approachable introduction to these topics for psychology students. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers."Choice

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