Chapter 51 Animal Behavior

Chapter 51 Animal Behavior - influence the response How...

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Chapter 51: Animal Behavior - behavior: an action carried out by muscles or glands under control of the nervous system in response to a stimulus 51.1: Discrete sensory inputs can stimulate both simple and complex behaviors - Ethology: the scientific study of how animals behave, particularly in their natural environments o There are 4 questions that are key to understanding behavior: What stimulus elicits the behavior, and what physiological mechanisms mediate the response How does the animal’s experience during growth and development
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Unformatted text preview: influence the response? How does the behavior aid survival and reproduction? What is the behavior’s evolutionary history? o The first 2 questions ask about proximate cause: how a behavior occurs or is modified o The second two ask about ultimate causation: why a behavior occurs in the context of natural selection-Behavioral ecology: the study of the ecological and evolutionary basis for animal behavior Fixed Action Patterns...
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