Commentary Type

Invited Commentary


Barbara King presents grief as the result of the capacity of human and non-human animals for social and affectionate bonds. This is a novel approach that provides a context for interpreting behavioral evidence of grief. The book also offers thought-provoking insights into the relationship between emotion and the expression of emotion. The most surprising element of King’s approach is that, throughout the book, her account of non-human animal grief forces us to reassess the way we treat them.

Author Biography

Maria Botero mbotero@shsu.edu is Assistant Professor in Psychology and Philosophy at Sam Houston State University in Texas. Merging questions about science and mind, she studied mother-infant chimpanzee pairs at Gombe National Park.