He spotlights research fields that are growing: anthrozoology, the study of human-animal interactions (human-animal studies), ethology, the study of animal behavior, and cognitive ethology
, the study of animal minds.
It is unlikely that a professor can be familiar with the fundamentals and recent developments in evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, cognitive ethology
, biological anthropology, philosophical psychology, psycholinguistics, and moral philosophy, to name just a few relevant fields.
In Chapter 2, cognitive ethology
is defined, and focuses on how animals think and what they feel, and includes their emotions, consciousness, and self-awareness.
and critical anthropomorphism: A snake with two heads and hognose snakes that play dead.
Donald Griffen, pioneering researcher in cognitive ethology
It also includes the role of naturalistic ethological data in revitalizing our appreciation for the complexity of animal behavior, the work of psychologists on ape language, and the recent cognitive ethology
sparked by Donald Griffin.
Aspects of the cognitive ethology
of an injury-feigning bird, the piping plover.