Bio ch 51 terms 8

Bio ch 51 terms 8 - animal’s development when learning of...

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proximate causation The mechanistic explanation of “how” a behavior (or other aspect of an organism’s biology) occurs or is modified; that is, how a stimulus elicits a behavior, what physiological mechanisms mediate the response, and how experience influences the response. reciprocal altruism Altruistic behavior between unrelated individuals, whereby the altruistic individual benefits in the future when the beneficiary reciprocates. sensitive period A limited phase in an individual
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Unformatted text preview: animal’s development when learning of particular behaviors can take place; also called a critical period. sign stimulus An external sensory cue that triggers a fixed action pattern by an animal. Signal In animal behavior, transmission of a stimulus from one animal to another. The term is also used in the context of communication in other kinds of organisms and in cell-to-cell communication in all multicellular organisms....
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