It is nave to try to break down behaviors into strictly nature vs. nurture categories. Human height is an example of an anatomical outcome that is the result of both genetic factors and the environment.
It is also nave to divide behaviors into innate (lik
By viewing the old we learn the new. Chinese Proverb
Approaches to the study of animal behavior
These descriptions represent broad categories of contributing ideas in Animal Behavior.
Humans have been observing and manipulating animals for thousands of years.
(Probably never observing this!)
(But definitely responsible for the existence of domestic animals.)
In the classical Greco-Roman world, animals were observed and their behavior r
Tree of Life
Animal Characteristics: 1. Multicellular (not exclusive to animals) 2. Consume Food (heterotrophic) 3. Mobility (at some point in life) 3a. Muscles and Nerves 4. Exhibit embryonic development 4a. Hox genes present
1. Multicellular (eukaryotic
Transmitter is contained in synaptic vesicles. Fusion of vesicle membrane with membrane of presynaptic neuron causes release of transmitter into synaptic cleft. Transmitter then binds onto receptors on the postsynaptic membrane, and opens the receptors. T
Sexual Selection and Sexual Conflict
Some Questions We Will Try to Answer!
Why are deadbeat moms more common in fish and frogs? The evolutionary origins of the penis! Why are female funnel web spiders in such a bad mood all the time? Why do w
There are several different types of learning: 1. Sensitization / Habituation 2. Pavlovian (Classical) Conditioning a. Imprinting b. Taste Aversion 3. Instrumental Learning (Operant conditioning) 4. Social (cultural) Learning (Cultural Transmissi
All biological clocks are adaptations to life on a rotating planet. Colin Pittendrigh, undated.
Internal timing mechanisms
Biological Rhythms Activities and behavio
Summarizing the way that action potentials and synapses work.
Action Potential propagates down the axon
What do we mean by electric signal?
Neurons are basically sitting in sea water. Hi