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The Behavior of Animals Mechanisms, Function and Evolution

By: Johan J Bolhuis(Editor), Luc-Alain Giraldeau(Editor), Jerry A Hogan(Editor), Robert A Hinde(Foreword By)
510 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, tables
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
The Behavior of Animals
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  • The Behavior of Animals ISBN: 9781119109501 Edition: 2 Paperback Dec 2021 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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About this book

An updated view of animal behaviour studies, featuring global experts

The Behavior of Animals, second edition provides a broad overview of the current state of animal behaviour studies with contributions from international experts. This edition includes new chapters on hormones and behaviour, individuality, and human evolution. All chapters have been thoroughly revised and updated, and are supported by colour illustrations, informative callouts, and accessible presentation of technical information.

- Provides an introduction to the study of animal behaviour
- Looks at an extensive scope of topics – from perception, motivation and emotion, biological rhythms, and animal learning to animal cognition, communication, mate choice, individuality, and the use and abuse of primate models for human behaviour.
- Explores the evolution of animal behaviour including the evolution of human behaviour.

Students will benefit from an updated textbook where a variety of contributors provide their expertise and global perspective in specialized areas.


Foreword by Robert A. Hinde

1. The Study of Animal Behavior / Johan J. Bolhuis, Luc-Alain Giraldeau, and Jerry A. Hogan
2. Stimulus Perception / Jorg-Peter Ewert
3. Motivation and Emotion / Jerry A. Hogan
4. Biological Rhythms and Behavior / Ralph E. Mistlberger and Benjamin Rusak
5. Brain and Behavior / David F. Sherry
6. Hormones and Behavior / Jacques Balthazart and Gregory F. Ball
7. Development of Behavior / Johan J. Bolhuis
8. Learning and Memory / Kimberly Kirkpatrick and Geoffrey Hall
9. Animal Cognition / Jerry A. Hogan
10. Applied Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare / David Fraser and Daniel M. Weary
11. The Function of Behavior / Luc-Alain Giraldeau and Jerry A. Hogan
12. Mate Choice, Mating Systems, and Sexual Selection / Anders Pape Møller
13. Animal Personality, the Study of Individual Behavioral Differences / Denis Reale and Pierre-Oliver Montiglio
14. Animal Communication / William A. Searcy and Stephen Nowicki
15. Evolution of Behavior / Michael J. Ryan
16. Human Evolution / Ian Tattersall
17. Evolutionary Approaches to Human Behavior / Gillian R. Brown, Catharine P. Cross, and Kevin N. Laland

Author Index
Subject Index

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Johan J. Bolhuis is Professor of Cognitive Neurobiology at Utrecht University, and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. Luc-Alain Giraldeau is a behavioural ecologist currently head of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique in Quebec. Jerry A. Hogan is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

By: Johan J Bolhuis(Editor), Luc-Alain Giraldeau(Editor), Jerry A Hogan(Editor), Robert A Hinde(Foreword By)
510 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, tables
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Reviews of the first edition:

"If animals could speak, they would certainly express their satisfaction with Bolhuis and Giraldeau's magnificently edited volume. It shows not only how far students of animal behavior have come in understanding the exquisitely designed lives of animals, but the exciting path ahead. This book will be of interest to students of animal behavior at all levels, and especially important for graduate students snooping around for a thesis project."
– Marc Hauser, Harvard College Professor, author of Wild Minds (Holt, 2000)

"Built on the solid foundations of Tinbergen's 'four questions', this lucid and comprehensive textbook will bring contemporary research in animal behaviour to life for the student."
– Professor Mark H Johnson, Director, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, University of London

"With superb overviews of topics such as cognition, development and sexual selection from renowned experts, The Behavior of Animals is the best textbook of animal behaviour on the market."
– Kevin N. Laland, Royal Society University & University of St Andrews

"The study of animal behavior continues to broaden as it gains scientific maturity. Bolhuis and Giraldeau capture this current in our discipline's development, imparting freshness and enthusiasm to both established and new areas of inquiry, while retaining a sense of continuity with history. Highly recommended."
– Professor Ron Ydenberg, Director, Centre for Wildlife Ecology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

" [...] there is a great deal to recommend this text. It is very clearly written with a wealth of examples and cases that would stimulate the beginner into wanting to find out more. The focus on the development of the subject as well as its explanation gives it a historical perspective which puts even the most recent work into a firm context. The enthusiasm of many of the contributors shows in their work and this allows the text to stand out from the usual introduction [...] this book should be seen as a major text in university courses."
– Dr Paul S. Ganderton, Teaching Ecology Group News, March 2005

" [...] my choice for teaching either advanced undergraduate students with a background in the life sciences and an interest in animal behaviour or a graduate-level seminar course [...] The Behavior of Animals should prove an engaging and challenging compendium, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of a very diverse discipline."
– Bennett G. Galef, Jr., Animal Behaviour 69(5), 1224-1225.

"Bolhuis and Giraldeau have assembled an extremely impressive team to write the book, the authors being established and highly regarded experts, many of whom have carried out trail-blazing work in their chosen research field [...] The editors and authors of The Behaviour of Animals: Mechanisms, Function and Evolution have done us a good service by producing an excellent example of the multi-author model, which I shall certainly recommend to my undergraduate and postgraduate students."
Journal of Experimental Biology, 2205-2206.

"The Behavior of Animals: Mechanisms, Function, and Evolution is a highly suitable textbook [for such an upper level course,] as it exposes students and other non-experts to the cutting edge of this discipline by relying on the voices of experts and provision of good starting point references across this broad field."
– Dezene Huber, ISBE Newsletter, Vol. 17(2), November 2005

"The editors' aim was to create a modern textbook incorporating all the contemporary subdisciplines of behavioural biology while encompassing both functional and causal approaches, and I am very impressed with the way they have achieved this goal."
– Neeltje Boogert, Ethology 112 (2006)

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