Animal Behavior

Other | January 4, 2011

byMichael D. Breed, Michael D. Breed, Janice Moore...

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Animal Behavior uses Tinbergen's four questions-causation, survival value, ontogeny and evolution-to formulate animal behavior and impart logic to the field of scientific inquiry.
Comprised of fifteen chapters, the book opens with a discussion of the physiological aspects of behavior and the intricacies of social behavior as they relate to individual animals' behavior. After an introduction to evolution and animal behavior, the book discusses the physiological and genetic basis of behavior. It addresses behavioral homeostasis and different aspects of animal behavior, learning, and cognition. The book also connects animal behavior to neural processes, and it discusses the underlying mechanisms of communication. It also offers chapters about behavior ecology in relation to animal behavior, such as movement, foraging, self-defense, mating systems, nesting, parenting and territoriality, and social behavior. The book concludes with a chapter on conservation behavior.
In presenting these topics, the book offers an accessible means of studying animal behavior, major principles, mechanisms, and controversies.

  • Provides a solid background in the neurophysiological and endocrinological bases of animal behavior as well as exceptionally strong coverage of social behavior
  • Includes behavior and homeostatic mechanisms, behavior and conservation, and behavioral aspects of disease
  • Highlights aspects of behavior that relate to domestic animals in particular
  • Lab manual with fully developed and tested laboratory exercises available for courses that have labs (http://www.elsevierdirect.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780123725820)
  • Companion site for faculty and students to enhance their learning experience at: www.elsevierdirect.com/companions/9780123725813

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Animal Behavior uses Tinbergen's four questions-causation, survival value, ontogeny and evolution-to formulate animal behavior and impart logic to the field of scientific inquiry.Comprised of fifteen chapters, the book opens with a discussion of the physiological aspects of behavior and the intricacies of social behavior as they relate...

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Format:OtherDimensions:496 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:January 4, 2011Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0080919928

ISBN - 13:9780080919928

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Table of Contents

1. Of Cockroaches and Wolves: Framing Animal Behavior

2. Neurobiology and Endocrinology for Animal Behaviorists

3. Behavioral Genetics

4. Homeostasis and Time Budgets

5. Learning

6. Cognition

7. Communication

8. Movement: Search, Navigation, Migration, and Dispersal

9. Foraging

10. Self-defense

11. Mating Systems

12 . Nesting, Parenting and Territoriality

13. Social Behavior, Cooperation, and Kinship

14. Comparative Social Behavior

15. Conservation and Behavior