Beastly brains : exploring how animals talk, think, and feel / Nancy F. Castaldo.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "In this fascinating nonfiction account, author Nancy F. Castaldo reveals just what's going on inside the minds of animals, and through understanding animal intelligence we discover more about ourselves, including far more similarities than one might expect. Humans may have the biggest brains, but intelligence is not a quality exclusive to only us!"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      Our amazing brain -- From machine to thinking animal -- Entering the lab -- Making decisions -- Emotions and empathy -- Fairness -- Communication -- Self-awareness -- Mental time travel -- Problem solving -- From thinking animals to protected animals.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-148) and index.
      Ages 12+
      Grades 7 to 8.
    • Other Titles:
      Exploring how animals think, talk, and feel.
    • ISBN:
      9780544633353
      0544633350
    • Accession Number:
      2015045421
    • Accession Number:
      ocn932302511
      932302511
    • Accession Number:
      fay.534200
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CASTALDO, N. F. Beastly brains : exploring how animals talk, think, and feel. [s. l.]: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. ISBN 9780544633353. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.534200. Acesso em: 9 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Castaldo NF. Beastly Brains : Exploring How Animals Talk, Think, and Feel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.534200. Accessed July 9, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Castaldo NF. Beastly Brains : Exploring How Animals Talk, Think, and Feel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2017. Accessed July 9, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.534200
    • APA:
      Castaldo, N. F. (2017). Beastly brains : exploring how animals talk, think, and feel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Castaldo, Nancy F. 2017. Beastly Brains : Exploring How Animals Talk, Think, and Feel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.534200.
    • Harvard:
      Castaldo, N. F. (2017) Beastly brains : exploring how animals talk, think, and feel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.534200 (Accessed: 9 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Castaldo, NF 2017, Beastly brains : exploring how animals talk, think, and feel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, viewed 9 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Castaldo, Nancy F. Beastly Brains : Exploring How Animals Talk, Think, and Feel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.534200.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Castaldo, Nancy F. Beastly Brains : Exploring How Animals Talk, Think, and Feel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.534200.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Castaldo NF. Beastly brains : exploring how animals talk, think, and feel [Internet]. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2017 [cited 2020 Jul 9]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.534200

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2017 January #1

*Starred Review* With a menagerie of fascinating examples, Castaldo lays out the history of ideas about animal smarts before covering the myriad ways researchers evaluate intelligence. Each chapter highlights a component of intelligence, such as empathy, fairness, self-awareness, communication, and even planning for the future, many of which will surprise readers when attributed to animals. Moreover, the chapters build on each other; empathy, for instance, plays a major role in developing a sense of fairness, while "mental time travel," or the ability to distinguish between the present and the future, is key to solving problems with multiple steps. The main draw of this title, of course, is the illuminating ways the impressive array of animals demonstrates intelligence, from a hive of bumblebees deciding where to build a new nest to capuchin monkeys using money to dolphins recognizing themselves in a mirror. Castaldo's lucid text is complemented by plenty of full-color photos, an extensive list of source notes, citizen science opportunities, websites where students can see many of the animals in action, and a thought-­provoking conclusion about conservation. This eye-opening, cogent, and well-structured volume will enlighten students to both the richness of the animal kingdom and the nature of intelligence. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall

Castaldo explores the scientific evidence for animal intelligence, emotions, and communication--from early observational studies to contemporary experiments that show the cognitive capabilities of monkeys, dogs, dolphins, and crows. The ethics of animal-human interactions are also considered. The well-chosen photographs include close-ups that capture emotive facial expressions and action shots of behaviors that reveal thought processes. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 February #1

Castaldo (The Story of Seeds) presents a thought-provoking look at the minds and perceptions of animals, as well as the way human understanding of the subject has evolved, as she describes a series of studies designed to examine cognition in animals. On "Monkey Island"—off the coast of Puerto Rico—researchers observed how monkeys exhibited humanlike tendencies when a form of "currency" was introduced into their community; dolphins have been shown to recognize themselves in mirrors; and dogs have displayed signs of jealousy in experiments. Castaldo makes the science behind the studies clear, particularly the moral ramifications with regard to human treatment of animals: "The issue is no longer accepting that animals think: it's now the challenge of figuring out how they think and what we will do with that information." Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary. (Feb.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.