This week’s convocation speaker is Dr. Ellen Furlong, the director of the Comparative Cognition Lab and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University. She received her B.A in Mathematics from Transylvania University and her PhD in Psychology from The Ohio State University.
Why study comparative cognition? According to the homepage of the Illinois Wesleyan University Dog Science Program, “by studying the minds of our canine companions we can learn not only how they think and reason but a little more about how we humans think and reason as well. Our hope is that we can apply the insights we gain in our lab to help make dogs lives a little better.”
If you enjoy Dr. Furlong’s presentation and want to learn more about the field of comparative psychology, check out any of these titles on display near the vending area on the library’s main floor.
- Byrne, Richard W. The Thinking Ape: Evolutionary Origins of Intelligence. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995. Print.
call # 156.3 B995T
- Candland, Douglas K. Feral Children and Clever Animals: Reflections on Human Nature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. Print.
call # 150.9 C218F
- Darwin, Charles, and Paul Ekman. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Print.
call # 138 D22E 1998
- Parker, Sue T, and Kathleen R. Gibson. “language” and Intelligence in Monkeys and Apes: Comparative Developmental Perspectives. Cambridge [England: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Print.
call # 599.804 L287
- Povinelli, Daniel J. Folk Physics for Apes: The Chimpanzee’s Theory of How the World Works. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
call # 599.885 P879f
- Safina, Carl. Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel. , 2015. Print.
call # 591.56 S128b 2015
- Vygotskiĭ, L S, A R. Lurii︠a︡, Victor I. Golod, and Jane E. Knox. Studies on the History of Behavior: Ape, Primitive, and Child. Hillsdale, N.J: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1993. Print.
call # 156 V996EXG
Also, find out more about Ellen’s work here: Illinois Wesleyan University Dog Science