The Mind of the Horse

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Harvard University Press, 4.11.2013 - 471 sivua
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Horses were first domesticated about 6,000 years ago on the vast Eurasian steppe, yet only in the last two decades have scientists begun to explore the mental capacities of these animals. In The Mind of the Horse, Michel-Antoine Leblanc presents an encyclopedic synthesis of scientific knowledge about equine behavior and cognition, providing experts and enthusiasts alike with an up-to-date understanding of how horses perceive, think about, and adapt to their physical and social worlds. Much of what we think we know about "the intelligence of the horse" derives from fragmentary reports and anecdotal evidence. Putting this accumulated wisdom to the test, Leblanc introduces readers to rigorous experimental investigations into how horses make sense of their world under varying conditions. He describes the anatomical and neurophysiological characteristics of the horse's brain, and compares these features with those of other species, to gain an evolutionary perspective. A horseman himself, Leblanc also considers the opinions of renowned riding masters, as well as controversies surrounding the horse's extraordinary mental powers that have stirred in equestrian and scientific circles. The Mind of the Horse brings together in one volume the current state of equine research and will likely stimulate surprising new discoveries.
 

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1 What We Know About The Nature Of The Horse
1
2 Equine Intelligence
22
3 Animal Intelligence Cognition And Representation
40
4 The Equine Brain
71
5 The Nature Of Equine Perception
111
6 The Anatomical And Physiological Basis Of Equine Visual Perception
125
Perception Of Shapes And Movement
160
The Quest For Color Peception
217
9 Hearing In Horses
272
Odors Pheromones Tastes And Flavors
330
11 Tactile Perception In The Horse
369
Conclusion
388
References
393
Acknowledgments
425
Index
427
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Leblanc Michel-Antoine :

Michel-Antoine Leblanc is a psychologist, and has a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La D fense. He is an associate researcher at the Psychology Laboratory of the University of Angers and at the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology and Cognition of the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La D fense.

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