From October 3-5, 1980, Hubbs Marine Research Institute in San Diego hosted a workshop entitled "Potentials for Research on Cognition in Dolphins and Human-Dolphin Communication." About 15 scientists discussed problems in characterizing the perceptual world of dolphins, comparative learning capacities of dolphins and chimpanzees, the significance of brain size in relation to intelligence, and training methodologies in dolphins. At that time the need to address these topics at a larger conference was established.
On July 6-8, 1983, about 30 scientists from many disciplines within the broad areas of the brain and behavioral sciences participated in a conference called "Dolphin Cognition and Behavior: Comparative and Ecological Aspects." The conference was hosted by Hubbs Marine Research Institute. Robert Buhr organized the conference with assistance by William E. Evans, Ronald J. Schusterman, and Forrest G. Wood. This book is based to a large extent on papers given at the conference or generated as a result of discussion at the conference.
Both meetings were funded by the Office of Naval Research under the Oceanic Biology Program. Dr. Bernard J. Zahuranec and Dr. Donald Woodward from the Office of Naval Research provided valuable assistance in organizing and participating in the meetings.
Information in this book relates to Department of Navy Grant N00014-83- G-0011 issued by the Office of Naval Research. The United States Government has a royalty-free license throughout the world in all copyrightable material contained herein.