Introduction to Animal Behaviour

ISBN-10: 0521165148
ISBN-13: 9780521165143
Edition: 6th 2012 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $94.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 467
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Wolves excitedly greet each other as members of the pack come together; a bumble bee uses its long tongue to reach the nectar at the base of a foxglove flower; a mongoose swiftly and deftly bites its prey to death; young cheetahs rest quietly together, very close to sleep. Now in full colour, this revised and updated edition of Manning and Dawkins' classic text provides a beautifully written introduction to the fundamentals of animal behaviour. Tinbergen's four questions of causation, evolution, development and function form the fundamental framework of the text, illustrated with fascinating examples of complex behavioural mechanisms. The authors provide accounts of all levels of behaviour from the nerve cell to that of the population. The strengths of An Introduction to Animal Behaviour as a textbook include its clear explanations and concise, readable text and the enthusiasm of the authors for their subject.

Marian Stamp Dawkins is Professor of Animal Behaviour at the University of Oxford where she heads the Animal Behaviour Research Group. Her research interests lie around animal perceptual worlds, with particular emphasis on animal suffering. She has authored, co-authored and edited eight books dealing with subjects ranging from basic behaviour to animal suffering and consciousness.

Preface
Introduction
Questions about animal behaviour
The escaping cockroach
The courtship of the sage grouse
Units of the nervous system
Reflexes and more complex behaviour
Diversity and unity in the study of behaviour
Summary
The development of behaviour
Young animals grow up
Instinct and learning in their biological setting
The characteristics of instinct and learning
Genetics and behaviour
Development and changes to the nervous system
Hormones and early development
Early experience and the diversity of parental behaviour
Play
imprinting
Bird song development
Conclusions
Summary
Stimuli and communication
What stimuli are and how they act
Diverse sensory capacities
The problem of pattern recognition
Sign stimuli (key features)
'Supernormal' stimuli
Neuroethological basis of sign stimuli
Other solutions for pattern recognition: generalized feature detection
Communication
What is communication?
Animal signals as effective stimuli
Honesty and deception in animal signalling
The honeybee dance
The calls of vervet monkeys
Summary
Decision-making and motivation
Decision-making on different time scales
Decision-making and 'motivation
Measuring motivation
Is motivation specific or general?
Goals as decision points
Homeostasis and negative feedback
Competition between motivations
InMbition/msinhibition
Decision-making with incomplete information: the role of signals
Conflict and'abnormal'behaviour
The physiology of decision-making
Hormones and sequences of behaviour
Conflict and physiological stress
Decision-making, motivation and animal welfare
Conclusions
Summary
Learning and memory
Learning as part of adaptation
Sensitization and habituation
Associative learning
Specialized types of learning ability
What do animals actually learn?
Are there higher forms of learning in animals?
The comparative study of learning
Social learning and culture
The nature of animal minds
The nature of memory
Summary
Evolution
The adaptiveness of behaviour
Genes and behavioural evolution
Kin selection and inclusive fitness
Evolutionarily stable strategies
Sex1 and sexual selection
Species isolation and species selection
Tinbergen's fourth question: the phylogeny of behaviour
Summary
Social organization
The individual in the crowd
Advantages of grouping
Diverse social groups
Eusociality: division into castes
Territory in the social organization of vertebrates
Mating systems and social organization
Dominance in social systems
Diverse mammalian social behaviour
Primate social organization
Summary
References
Figure credits
Index

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