Growing Points Ethology

Growing Points Ethology

by P. P. G. Bateson, R. A. Hinde


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First published in 1976, this volume is a collection of essays by some of the most prominent and active ethologists. It is organized into four sections: motivation and perception, function and evolution, development, and human social relationships. The first three sections reflect the four questions which are basic to ethology: what were the immediate causes of a behaviour pattern; what is its biological function; how did it evolve; and how did it develop in the individual? The last section involves questions of all four types. The sections are introduced and linked by editorials and the book concludes with an important statement on asking the right questions. The essays are forward looking and identify areas of importance for the study of behaviour. The volume is a source of formative ideas for students, their teachers and research workers in a wide variety of disciplines in the biological psychological and social sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521290869
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/07/1976
Pages: 558
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Introduction; Acknowledgements; Part I. Motivation and Perception: Editorial: 1; 1. Hierarchical organisation: a candidate principle for ethology Richard Dawkins; 2. Form and function on the temporal organisation of behaviour D. J. McFarland; 3. Attentional processes and animal behaviour R. J. Andrew; 4. Dynamic boundaries of patterned behaviour: interaction and self-organization John C. Fentress; 5. Sound production and perception in birds as related to the general principles of pattern perception W. H. Thorpe and J. Hall-Craggs; Editorial: 2; Part II. Function and Evolution: Editorial: 3; 6. Evolutionary rules and primate societies T.H. Clutton-Brock and P. H. Harvey; 7. Social organization, communication and graded signals: the chimpanzee and the gorilla Peter Marler; 8. Kin selection in lions and evolution B. C. R. Bertram; 9. The social function of intellect N. K. Humphrey; Editorial: 4; Part III. Development: Editorial: 5; 10. The place of genetics in the study of behaviour Aubrey Manning; 11. Stages in the early behavioural development of altricial young of selected species of non-primate mammals Jay S. Rosenblatt; 12. The study of animal play M. J. A. Simpson; 13. Rules and reciprocity in behavioural development P. P. G. Bateson; Editorial: 6; Part IV. Human Social Relationships: Editorial: 7; 14. Growing points in human ethology: another link between ethology and the social sciences? N.G. Blurton Jones; 15. Towards understanding relationships: dynamic stability R. A. Hinde and Joan Stevenson-Hinde; 16. How far do early differences in mother-child relations affect later development? Judy Dunn; 17. Does ethology throw any light on human behaviour? Peter B. Medawar; 18. Ethology in a changing world N. Tinbergen; Editorial: 8; Conclusion - on asking the right questions; Index.

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