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Main article: Introduction to comparative psychology

Comparative psychology, taken in its most usual, broad sense, refers to the study of the behaviour and mental life of animals other than human beings. It is synonymous with animal psychology, but although the latter would be a more accurate term, it is less often used. For more information, see the comparative psychology article.

  • Chapter 2 : Animal models List of those of psychological interest


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  • Hinde, R. A. (1977) Animal Behavior-A synthesis of Ehtology and Comparative Psychology (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Morgan, C. L. (1894) Introduction to Comparative Psychology. New York: Scribner's.
  • Pearce, J. M. (2008) Animal Learning & Cognition (3rd Ed.). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Zentall, T.R. & Wasserman E. A. (Eds.). (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Vonk, J. & Shackelford, T. K. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Evolutionary Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


  • Hodos, W., & Campbell, C. B. G. (1969) Scala naturae: Why there is no theory in comparative psychology.

Psychological Review 76, 337-50.

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Comparative psychology: Academic support materials

  • Comparative psychology: Academic: Lecture slides
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  • Comparative psychology: Academic: Anonymous fictional case studies for training

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