Determinants of Animal Behaviour

Determinants of Animal Behaviour

Determinants of Animal Behaviour

Determinants of Animal Behaviour

Synopsis

This introduction to psychological theories that attempt to explain non-human animal behaviour covers a range of issues that includes evolutionary explanations, classical and operant conditioning and social learning.

Excerpt

This book has primarily been written for A-level and undergraduate psychology students. However, it should be equally stimulating for a wide variety of people. For example, those who are interested in learning more about our evolutionary ancestors, those who are interested in discovering the amazingly diverse ways that animals solve their everyday survival problems such as territorial behaviour, how they learn, how they have evolved into the many different species, etc. Those studying zoology and/or animal behaviour and those who simply want to know more about animal behaviour in general.

The main intentions of this book are fivefold. To convey to the reader how fascinating and diverse the behaviour of those creatures we share this planet with is. To give the reader a flavour of the depth and diversity of knowledge and understanding that has been assembled about non-human animal behaviour. To show how studying non-human animal behaviour may help us to gain an understanding of human behaviour. To convince the band of sceptics, to which I once belonged, who see no point or value in studying animal behaviour, that the study of non-human animal behaviour is essential for gaining a complete understanding of human behaviour. Finally, it is to encourage humans to respect their evolutionary ancestors in all their forms. Nevertheless, there is one other intention—that, if nothing else the reader should enjoy reading this book.

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