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Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide

TextbookHandbook / Manual
  • The pitfalls in the interpretation of data are described and advice given on the oral and written presentation of research
  • Greater prominence is given to the non-experimental aspects of behavioural biology taking the important role of observation into account
  • Overcomes the difficulties students have with data analysis and experimentation by its hands-on approach and its concise review of methodology

By: Paul Martin(Author), Patrick Bateson(Author)

176 pages, illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2007 | Edition: 3 | #166172 | ISBN-13: 9780521535632
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Hardback | Aug 2007 | Edition: 3 | #166173 | ISBN-13: 9780521828680
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About this book

Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide has established itself as a standard text. Largely rewritten, updated and reorganised, this third edition is, as before, a guide to the principles and methods of quantitative studies of behaviour, with an emphasis on techniques of observation, recording and analysis. It provides the basic knowledge needed to measure behaviour, doing so in a succinct and easily understood form. The sections on research design and the interpretation and presentation of data have been greatly expanded. Written with brevity and clarity, Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide is, above all, a practical guide book. Aimed primarily at undergraduate and graduate students in biology and psychology who are about to embark upon quantitative studies of animal and human behaviour, Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide provides a concise review of methodology that will be of great value to scientists of all disciplines in which behaviour is measured, including biological anthropology, the social sciences and medicine.

"[...] clear, concise and always eminently sensible."
- Times Higher Education Supplement

"[...] an excellent little book."
- British Psychological Society Bulletin

"[...] destined to become a classic."
- Trends in Ecology and Evolution

"The second edition can be recommended as a good introduction to the measurement and analysis of behaviour."
- Ibis

"[...] the third edition will appeal to wider readership, including many researchers who mainly carry out observational studies."
- Ibis



1. Introduction
2. Think before you measure
3. Getting started
4. Individuals and groups
5. Recording methods
6. The recording medium
7. How good are your measures?
8. How good is your research design
9. Statistical analysis
10. Analysing specific aspects of behaviour
11. Interpreting and presenting findings


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Dr Paul Martin studied biology at Cambridge University, graduating in Natural Sciences and with a PhD in behavioural biology. A former Harkness Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, he has lectured and researched in behavioural biology at Cambridge, and was a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Professor Sir Patrick Bateson has been a highly esteemed lecturer in Animal Behaviour, across the world, for nearly 40 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a former President of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Knight Batchelor and current President of the Zoological Society of London.

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