Perspectives on Animal Behavior / Edition 3

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Perspectives on Animal Behavior introduces biologists and psychologists to the scientific reasoning and methodology in the field while also addressing development and mechanisms. Rather than just focusing on evolutionary behavior, the book presents a variety of different perspectives including genetics, neurological, learning, and behavioral ecology. The third edition walks them through experimentation and data analysis, which are critical in the field. It includes classical studies that form the foundation of this field but concentrates on more current work in order to present the thinking and experiments. Biologists and psychologists will then gain a modern understanding of animal behavior.

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Editorial Reviews

New edition of a reference that presents a current, balanced, and integrated view of animal behavior by including information on both the mechanisms and the evolution of behavior as well as all major approaches to the field. Goodenough (biology, U. of Massachusetts) and Betty Mcguire (biological sciences, Smith College) present 19 chapters that discuss approaches to the study of animal behavior (genetic and physiological analysis, natural selection and ecological analysis, learning, and development); behavior of individual surviving in environment; and the behavior of groups<-->social behavior. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470045176
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 434,373
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Goodenough, from the Department of Biology at theUniversity of Massachusetts, has studied biological rhythms increatures from planaria to finches to deer mice, and even in thegreen alga Chlamydomonas.

Betty McGuire is from the Department of Ecology andEvolutionary Biology at Cornell University. Her research focuses onparental behavior, reproduction, and ecology of small mammals, andshe occasionally dabbles in work with larger domestic animals suchas dogs and horses.

Elizabeth Jakob, from the Department of Psychology at theUniversity of Massachusetts, studies the behavior of spiders,asking questions about their learning, perception, and interactionswith conspecifics and with other species. She has carried out fieldprojects in California, Mexico, Massachusetts, and Maine.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction.

Part 1. Approaches to the Study of Animal Behavior.

Chapter 2. History of the Study of Animal Behavior.

Chapter 3. Genetic Analysis of Behavior.

Chapter 4.Natural Selection and Behavior.

Chapter 5. Learning and Cognition.

Chapter 6. Physiological Analysis-Nerve Cells and Behavior.

Chapter 7. Physiological Analysis of Behavior –TheEndocrine System.

Chapter 8. The Development of Behavior.

Part 2. Survival.

Chapter 9. Biological Clocks.

Chapter 10. Mechanisms of Orientation and Navigation.

Chapter 11. The Ecology and Evolution of SpatialDistribution.

Chapter 12. Foraging Behavior.

Chapter 13. Antipredator Behavior.

Part 3. Interactions Between Individual s.

Chapter 14. Reproductive Behavior.

Chapter 15. Parental Care and Mating Systems.

Chapter 16. Communication: Channels and Functions.

Chapter 17. The Evolution of Communication.

Chapter 18. Conflict.

Chapter 19. Group Living, Altruism, and Cooperation.



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