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The Science of Animal Behavior Lecture 1 – BIOL 3411 The Science(s) of Animal Behavior Ethology – behavior in natural settings; functions and evolutionary histories of behavior Neuroethology / Behavioral Endocrinology – neural and hormonal mechanisms underlying behavior Cognitive Ethology – cognitive mechanisms (decision making, information processing) that mediate behavior Comparative Psychology – learning and perceptual mechanisms in highly controlled (lab) settings Behavioral Ecology – social, ecological, and genetic factors influencing the expression and evolution of behavior What is the subject matter of science? – Nature How do scientists formulate ideas about how the natural world works? – Hypotheses that make testable predictions about causal relationships ! How do scientists evaluate their ideas? – DATA collected through observation and experiments Science: – A system of knowledge about the causal relationships among natural phenomena based on testing predictions from hypotheses using data from observations & experiments. Let’s Back Up:
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