Lecture 1

Lecture 1 - Tinbergens 4 questions & Hypothesis testing...

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1. Approaches to studying animal behavior a. Classically we had i. Psychology: study of the human mind 1. Focuses on “how” questions (proximate causation) 2. Ex. How do humans learn ii. Ethology: biological study of behavior 1. 2. Ex. Why did this behavior evolve to be this way b. Newer fields i. ii. Sociobiology relates evolution to social behaviors c. Behavioral methods and approaches are commonly use in a variety of fields i. animation 2. The 4 Questions : Niko Tinbergen a. Proximate questions i. How does it work ? (proximate causation or control) 1. Which stimuli illicit the behavior pattern and what neurobiological, psychological or physiological mechanisms contribute or regulate this behavior? ii.
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