Biological Perspectives On Motivated Activities

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A collection of essays, reviews, and experimental reports presenting biological perspectives on selected topics in motivation. Although human behavior is discussed and analyzed, the emphasis is on animal motivation. The chapters are grouped into sections on evolution and proximate mechanisms; early experience and motivation; motivation of ingestive behavior; aversion motivation; and sensory pleasure and motivation. In a variety of ways, the authors consider the interplay of functional factors and proximate mechanisms in their analysis of motivated behavior. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780893918897
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 From Evolution to Adaptations to Behavior: Toward an Integrated Evolutionary Psychology 11
Ch. 2 Olfactory Mediation of Mother-Infant Interactions in Selected Mammalian Species 77
Ch. 3 Multiple Factors Modulating Courtship, Habituation, Attention, and Other Motivated and Motivating Behaviors 111
Ch. 4 The Biopsychology of Feeding Behavior in Rodents: An Attempt at Integration 165
Ch. 5 Flavor Neophobia in Selected Rodent Species 229
Ch. 6 Motivation: Homeostatic Mechanisms May Instigate and Shape Adaptive Behaviors Through the Generation of Hedonic States 265
Ch. 7 A Reexamination of the Role of Associative Factors in the Control of "Normal" Drinking in the Rat 289
Ch. 8 A Stage Model of Coping with Frustrative Stress 339
Ch. 9 Stable and Chaotic Patterns of Fish Agonistic Activity 379
Ch. 10 What Is Sensation? 399
Epilogue 419
Author Index 423
Subject Index 431
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