Perspectives on Animal Behavior introduces biologists and psychologists to the scientific reasoning and methodology in the field while also addressing development and mechanisms. Rather than just focusing on evolutionary behavior, the book presents a variety of different perspectives including genetics, neurological, learning, and behavioral ecology. The third edition walks them through experimentation and data analysis, which are critical in the field. It includes classical studies that form the foundation of this field but concentrates on more current work in order to present the thinking and experiments. Biologists and psychologists will then gain a modern understanding of animal behavior.
New edition of a reference that presents a current, balanced, and integrated view of animal behavior by including information on both the mechanisms and the evolution of behavior as well as all major approaches to the field. Goodenough (biology, U. of Massachusetts) and Betty Mcguire (biological sciences, Smith College) present 19 chapters that discuss approaches to the study of animal behavior (genetic and physiological analysis, natural selection and ecological analysis, learning, and development); behavior of individual surviving in environment; and the behavior of groups<-->social behavior. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)