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Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals

ISBN-10: 0123945860

ISBN-13: 9780123945860

Edition: 2nd 2014

Authors: Temple Grandin, Mark J. Deesing

List price: $68.99
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Behavior is shaped by both genetics and experience-nature and nurture. This book synthesizes research from behavioral genetics and animal and veterinary science, bridging the gap between these fields. The objective is to show that principles of behavioral genetics have practical applications to agricultural and companion animals.The continuing domestication of animals is a complex process whose myriad impacts on animal behavior are often under-appreciated. Genetic factors play a significant role in both species-specific behaviors and behavioral differences exhibited by individuals in the same species. Leading authorities explore the impact of increased intensities of selection on domestic animal behavior. Rodents, cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, herding and guard dogs, and poultry are all included in these discussions of genetics and behavior, making this book useful to veterinarians, livestock producers, laboratory animal researchers and technicians, animal trainers and breeders, and any researcher interested in animal behavior. * Includes four new chapters on dog and fox behavior, pig behavior, the effects of domestication and horse behavior* Synthesizes research from behavioural genetics, animal science, and veterinary literature* Broaches fields of behaviour genetics and behavioural research* Includes practical applications of principles discovered by behavioural genetics researchers* Covers many species ranging from pigs, dogs, foxes, rodents, cattle, horses, and cats
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Book details

List price: $68.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publication date: 7/4/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Temple Grandin was born August 29, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a bestselling author, doctor and professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, and leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. Grandin was diagnosed with autism in 1950. She was immediately placed in a structured nursery, had speech therapy, and had a nanny spend hours playing turn-based games with her. At the age of four, she began talking and her progress continued. In 1970, Grandin received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire. She received her master's degree in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975, and in 1989, she received a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Grandin, being a high-functioning autistic, is widely-known for her work in autism advocacy. She has been featured on major televisions programs such as the Today Show and ABC's Primetime Live. She has also been featured in Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, and the New York Times. Grandin was the subject of the Horizon documentary "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow" and was described by Oliver Sacks in the title of his narrative book: An Anthropologist on Mars. Grandin's bestselling book: Thinking in Pictures is scheduled to be released as an HBO film in 2009. Grandin's Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human have also been bestsellers. Grandin lives in Colorado, but has speaking engagements on autism and cattle handling around the world.

List of Contributors
Behavioral Genetics and Animal Science
Behavioral Genetics and Animal Domestication
How Studying Interactions Between Animal Emotions, Cognition, and Personality Can Contribute to Improve Farm Animal Welfare
Genetics and Behavior During Handling, Restraint, and Herding
Reproductive and Maternal Behavior of Livestock
Differences in the Behavior of Landraces and Breeds of Dogs
Behavior Genetics of the Horse (Equus caballus)
Improving the Adaptability of Animals by Selection
Genetic Influences on the Behavior of Chickens Associated with Welfare and Productivity
Genetics of Domesticated Behavior in Dogs and Foxes
Behavioral Genetics in Pigs and Relations to Welfare
Genetics and Animal Welfare