Animal Behavior, Second Edition by Michael D. Breed, Janice Moore

By Michael D. Breed, Janice Moore

Animal habit, moment variation, covers the large sweep of animal habit from its neurological underpinnings to the significance of habit in conservation. The authors, Michael Breed and Janice Moore, convey nearly 60 years of mixed adventure as college professors to this textbook, a lot of that instructing animal habit.

An whole bankruptcy is dedicated to the colourful new box of habit and conservation, together with themes reminiscent of social habit and the connection among parasites, pathogens, and behaviour. considerate insurance has additionally been given to foraging habit, mating and parenting habit, anti-predator habit, and studying.

This textual content addresses the physiological foundations of habit in a manner that's either obtainable and alluring, with every one bankruptcy starting with studying targets and finishing with thought-provoking questions.

Additionally, designated phrases and definitions are highlighted all through. Animal habit provides a wealthy source for college students (and professors) from quite a lot of lifestyles technology disciplines.

  • Provides a wealthy source for college students and professors from a variety of lifestyles technological know-how disciplines
  • Updated and revised chapters, with at the very least 50% new case reports and the addition of up to date in-text examples
  • Expanded and up to date insurance of animal welfare topics
  • Includes habit and homeostatic mechanisms, habit and conservation, and behavioral points of disease
  • Available lab handbook with absolutely built and verified laboratory exercises
  • Companion web site contains newly constructed slide sets/templates (PowerPoints) coordinated with the book

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In the past three decades, behavioral ecology has succeeded ethology as the term used to characterize studies of behavior in natural environments. Comparative psychology has fallen into disuse, as animal research in many psychology departments has turned to the neurobiological bases of behavior. DISCUSSION POINT: WHAT’S IN A NAME? What do we—the folks who study animal behavior—call ourselves? It turns out that the answer varies. In this book, for convenience, we often use the term behaviorist. Is a person who studies wolves in the field a behaviorist?

Some animals—all vertebrates and a variety of invertebrates—do this with myelin sheaths. The myelin sheath consists largely of fatty materials and is maintained by Schwann cells. 3); action potentials jump from node to node, speeding transmission. This is called saltatory conduction. Because the myelin sheath depends on Chapter 2 Neurobiology and Endocrinology for Animal Behaviorists fat metabolism in the glial cells, damage to the sheath, as happens in the human disease multiple sclerosis, impairs transmission of the signals along the axon.

Is it the same for all animals—is dog intelligence the same as human intelligence? What aspects of intelligence are favored by natural selection in different habitats or lifestyles? After pondering this question (for which there is probably no single correct answer), think about how intelligence can be measured and whether it can be defined and measured in a way that would allow comparison among species. How does umwelt affect “intelligence”? Chapter 2 Neurobiology and Endocrinology for Animal Behaviorists The brain receives information about the animal’s physiological state and serves as a command center for translating physiological needs into behavioral responses.

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