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Perspectives on Animal Behaviour


By: J Goodenough, B McGuire and EM Jakob

528 pages, Col & b/w photos, illus, figs

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Oct 2009 | Edition: 3 | #176927 | ISBN-13: 9780470045176
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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.


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 -The Endocrine 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 Spatial Distribution. 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. Glossary. References. Photo Credits. Permissions. Index.

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Judith Goodenough, from the Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, has studied biological rhythms in creatures from planaria to finches to deer mice, and even in the green alga Chlamydomonas. Betty McGuire is from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. Her research focuses on parental behavior, reproduction, and ecology of small mammals, and she occasionally dabbles in work with larger domestic animals such as dogs and horses. Elizabeth Jakob, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, studies the behavior of spiders, asking questions about their learning, perception, and interactions with conspecifics and with other species. She has carried out field projects in California, Mexico, Massachusetts, and Maine.

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