Animal Play: Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives

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Marc Bekoff, John A. Byers
Cambridge University Press, Jun 4, 1998 - Psychology - 274 pages
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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.

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The evolutionary origins of play revisited lessons from turtles
Play in common ravens Corvus corax
Object play by adult animals
Kangaroos at play play behaviour in the Macropodoidea
Intentional communication and social play how and why animals negotiate and agree to play
The structurefunction interface in the analysis of play fighting
Sparring as play in young pronghorn males
Squirrel monkey playfighting making the case for a cognitive training function for play
Self assessment in juvenile play
Biological effects of locomotor play getting into shape or something more specific?
Neurobiological substrates of play behavior glimpses into the structure and function of mammalian playfulness
Play as an organizing principle clinical evidence and personal observations

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