Tinbergen's Legacy: Function and Mechanism in Behavioral Biology

Tinbergen's Legacy: Function and Mechanism in Behavioral Biology

by Johan Bolhuis, Simon Verhulst, Johan J. Bolhuis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521874785

ISBN-13: 9780521874786

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Nobel laureate Niko Tinbergen laid the foundations for the scientific study of animal behavior when he formulated its four main research questions: causation, development, function, and evolution. In this book, an international cast of leading animal biologists reflect on the enduring significance of Tinbergen's groundbreaking proposals for modern behavioral

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Nobel laureate Niko Tinbergen laid the foundations for the scientific study of animal behavior when he formulated its four main research questions: causation, development, function, and evolution. In this book, an international cast of leading animal biologists reflect on the enduring significance of Tinbergen's groundbreaking proposals for modern behavioral biology. It includes a reprint of Tinbergen's original article on the famous "four whys" and a contemporary introduction, after which each of the four questions is discussed in the light of contemporary evidence. There is also a discussion of the wider significance of recent trends in evolutionary psychology and neuroecology to integrate the "four whys." With a foreword by one of Tinbergen's most prominent pupils, Aubrey Manning, this wide-ranging book demonstrates that Tinbergen's views on animal behavior are crucial for modern behavioral biology. It will appeal to graduate students and researchers in animal behavior, behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521874786
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Foreword by Aubrey Manning ix

Preface xxi

1 On aims and methods of ethology N. Tinbergen 1

2 Tinbergen's four questions and contemporary behavioral biology Jerry A. Hogan Johan J. Bolhuis 25

3 Causation: the study of behavioral mechanisms Jerry A. Hogan 35

4 Tinbergen's fourth question, ontogeny: sexual and individual differentiation David Crews Ton Groothuis 54

5 The development of behavior: trends since Tinbergen (1963) Jerry A. Hogan Johan J. Bolhuis 82

6 The study of function in behavioral ecology Innes Cuthill 107

7 The evolution of behavior, and integrating it towards a complete and correct understanding of behavioral biology Michael J. Ryan 127

8 Do ideas about function help in the study of causation? David F. Sherry 147

9 Function and mechanism in neuroecology: looking for clues Johan J. Bolhuis 163

References 197

Index 228

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