by Miller & Levine

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Neatly-Groomed Mice
Is there a genetic basis for animal grooming? A new study on mice seems to suggest that there may be.

Wired Rats
Could rat behavior be coordinated by remote control? This article reports on some recent experiments that have attempted to do just that.



Chapter 34
Animal Behavior

In this chapter, students will read about the major types of innate and learned animal behavior and the significance of behavior as part of a reproductive strategy and a broader ecological adaptation. The links below lead to additional resources to help you with this chapter. These include Hot Links to Web sites related to the topics in this chapter, the Take It to the Net activities referred to in your textbook, a Self-Test you can use to test your knowledge of this chapter, and Teaching Links that instructors may find useful for their students.

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Section 34-1: Elements of Behavior
When an animal responds to a stimulus, body systems—including the sense organs, nervous system, and muscles—interact to produce the resultant behavior.
Innate behaviors appear in fully functional form the first time they are performed, even though the animal may have had no previous experience with the stimuli to which it responds.
The four major types of learning are habituation, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and insight learning.

Section 34-2: Patterns of Behavior
Many animals respond to periodic changes in the environment with daily or seasonal cycles of behavior.
To pass along its genes to the next generation, any animal that reproduces sexually needs to locate and mate with another member of its species at least once. Courtship behavior helps many animals identify healthy mates.
Usually, members of a society are related to one another. Related individuals share a large proportion of each other's genes. Therefore, helping a relative survive increases the chance that the genes an individual shares with that relative will be passed along to the next generation of offspring.
Animals may use visual, sound, touch, or chemical signals to communicate with one another.





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