Advances in the Study of Behavior

Advances in the Study of Behavior

1st Edition - April 6, 2017

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  • Editor-in-Chief: Marc Naguib
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128121726
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128121214

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Advances in the Study of Behavior, Volume 49 provides users with the latest insights in this ever-evolving field. Users will find new information on a variety of species, including social behaviors in reptiles, the behavioral evidence of felt emotions, a section on developmental plasticity, a chapter on covetable corpses and plastic beetles and the socioecological behavior of burying beetles, and a section on the mechanisms of communication and cognition in chickadees. This volume makes another important contribution to the development of the field by presenting theoretical ideas and research findings to professionals studying animal behavior and related fields. Researchers in a variety of behavioral fields will find this longstanding series, initiated over 40 years ago, to be a go-to resource for the study of animal behavior.

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  • Initiated over 40 years ago to serve the increasing number of scientists engaged in the study of animal behavior
  • Makes another important contribution to the development of the field
  • Presents theoretical ideas and research to those studying animal behavior and related fields


Graduate students and researchers who study animal behavior (ecologists, evolutionary biologists, geneticists, endocrinologists, pharmacologists, neurobiologists, developmental psychobiologists, ethologists, comparative psychologists)

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One. Why Is Social Behavior Rare in Reptiles? Lessons From Sleepy Lizards

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Sociality in Reptiles
    • 3. The Biology of Sleepy Lizards
    • 4. Monogamy
    • 5. Social Networks
    • 6. Discussion
    • 7. Conclusions

    Chapter Two. Behavioral Evidence of Felt Emotions: Approaches, Inferences, and Refinements

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. What Is a Felt Emotion?
    • 3. Spontaneous Responses to Stimuli
    • 4. Changes in Response Following a Drug Treatment
    • 5. Motivational Testing
    • 6. Epistemological Issues

    Chapter Three. Developmental Plasticity: Preparing for Life in a Complex World

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Approaches to the Study of Developmental Plasticity
    • 3. When Should Information Be Sampled and When Does It Take Effect?
    • 4. Integration of Environmental Information
    • 5. Parent–Offspring Conflict
    • 6. Fitness
    • 7. Added Value From Adding Complexity?

    Chapter Four. Covetable Corpses and Plastic Beetles—The Socioecological Behavior of Burying Beetles

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Burying Beetles Behavior and Ecology
    • 3. What Socioecological Problems Do Burying Beetles Face?
    • 4. Body Size Matters
    • 5. Sex Roles in Parental Care and the Coevolution of Mating and Parental Care Behaviors
    • 6. Sex Differences in the Plasticity of Behavior and Sexual Selection
    • 7. Summary and Future Directions

    Chapter Five. Mechanisms of Communication and Cognition in Chickadees: Explaining Nature in the Lab and Field

    • 1. Introduction: Combining the Fields of Comparative Cognition and Behavioral Ecology
    • 2. Natural History of Chickadees
    • 3. Chickadee Acoustic Communication
    • 4. Production and Perception of Chickadee Vocalizations: Investigating Communication Using Complementary Techniques
    • 5. Summary of Conclusions and Future Directions

    Chapter Six. Behavioral Adaptations to Invasive Species: Benefits, Costs, and Mechanisms of Change

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Types of Pressures Imposed by Invaders and Behavioral Responses
    • 3. Ecological Significance of Behavioral Adaptations—Benefits and Costs
    • 4. Selective Pressures Vary Across Life Stages
    • 5. Mechanisms of Behavioral Change
    • 6. Effects of Behavioral Adaptations on Other Traits
    • 7. Conclusion

    Chapter Seven. Scramble Competition Polygyny in Terrestrial Arthropods

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Mating Systems of Terrestrial Invertebrates
    • 3. Scramble Competition in Terrestrial Invertebrates
    • 4. How Does Female Ecology Influence Scramble Competition?
    • 5. Male Traits Associated With Scramble Competition
    • 6. Scramble Competition as an Alternative to Defense
    • 7. Exploitation of Scrambling Males by Deceptive Predators, Parasitoids, and Plants
    • 8. The Dangers of Scrambling Toward Cannibalistic Females
    • 9. Conclusions
    • Supplementary data

    Chapter Eight. Communication in Animal Social Networks: A Missing Link?

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. A Brief Overview of Animal Networks
    • 3. How Signaling Reflects Social Networks
    • 4. How Signaling Affects Proximity Networks
    • 5. Consequences for Social Networks When Signals Do Not Get Their Message Across
    • 6. Conclusions and Future Directions

    Chapter Nine. The Self-organization of Social Complexity in Group-Living Animals: Lessons From the DomWorld Model

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Competitive Interactions in Groups
    • 3. The Sexes
    • 4. Dominance and Cognition
    • 5. Personality and Dominance
    • 6. Affiliative and Competitive Interactions in Groups
    • 7. Self-organized Coalitions
    • 8. Self-organized Patterns of Contra-support
    • 9. Discussion and Conclusion
    • Supplementary data

Product details

  • No. of pages: 420
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: April 6, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128121726
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128121214

About the Editor in Chief

Marc Naguib

Marc Naguib
Marc Naguib is professor in Behavioural Ecology at the Animal Sciences Department of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He studied biology at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany and received his PhD (1995) at UNC Chapel Hill, NC in the US. After his PhD held positions at the Freie Universitaet Berlin (1995-1999) and Bielefeld University (2000-2007) in Germany, and at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (2008-2011), until he was appointed in 2011 as Chair of the Behavioural Ecology Group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He is specialized in vocal communication, social behaviour, animal personality and the effects of conditions experienced during early development on behaviour and life history traits, mainly using song birds as model. His research group is also involved in animal welfare research using farm animals. He has served for many years on the council of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and of the Ethologische Gesellschaft. He published > 80 scientific publications and has been Editor for Advances in the Study of Behaviour since 2003. Since 2014 he is Executive Editor.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Behavioural Ecology Group, Department of Animal Sciences Wageningen University, The Netherlands

About the Serial Volume Editors

Jeffrey Podos

Jeff Podos is a Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. He conducted his dissertation research under the guidance of Stephen Nowicki and Susan Peters, in the Department of Zoology at Duke University (PhD 1996). He then held a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Arizona, Tucson, in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, where he studied with Daniel Papaj. He also held a post-doctoral position at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil. In 2000 he took a position in the Biology Department at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and since 2011 has served as director of the UMass Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. His research program focuses on topics in animal communication, with particular emphasis on signal performance, development, and learning in songbirds. In addition to work on North American sparrows, he has a long-standing research project on Darwin’s finches of the Galapagos Islands, addressing the interface of behavior, ecology, in species divergence. Additional collaborative research projects are addressing topics in Neotropical ornithology and bioacoustics. He has served editorship positions with three other journals: Animal Behaviour, Bird Behavior, and Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, and is currently President-Elect of the Animal Behavior Society.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, USA

Leigh Simmons

Leigh Simmons is an ARC Professorial Fellow and Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia. He studied at the University of Nottingham where he recieved his PhD in 1987. He has held a research fellowship at the University of Liverpool UK before moving to Australia. His research uses both vertebrates and invertebrates to test the predictions and assumptions of theoretical models of sexual selection and life history evolution. Collectively, these research programs seek to determine the direction and strength of selection acting on male and female reproductive strategies, and on the morphological and life history traits that contribute to fitness, from the whole organism to its gametes. He has published more than 280 papers and articles, authored a book on insect sperm competition, and co-edited a volumes on dung beetle ecology and evolution, and insect mating systems. He has had extensive editorial experience with many journals including Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, and is a former Executive Editor of Animal Behaviour. He is currently Editor-in Chief of Behavioral Ecology, and has been an Editor of Advances in the Study of Behavior since 2009. He was elected to the Australian Academy in 2009.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia

Louise Barrett

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, University of Lethbridge, Canada

Susan D. Healy

Susan D. Healy
Sue Healy is a Reader in the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews, UK. She studied zoology and physiology at the University of Otago, New Zealand before she received her DPhil (1991) at the University of Oxford, UK. She was a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford (St John’s College, 1991-1993) before taking positions at the University of Newcastle (1993-1999), the University of Edinburgh (1999-2008) and the University of St Andrews (2009- ). She works on the role of adaptation on animal cognition, with especial interests in testing abilities of animals under field conditions and determining relationships between behaviour and the brain. She has worked on food-storing behavior and the hippocampus in birds, sex differences in spatial cognition in birds and mammals, explanations for variation in brain size, cognition in hummingbirds, and nest building in birds. She has published >100 scientific publications and has edited a book Spatial Representation in Animals. She sits on the Council of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB), serves on several editorial boards and became an Editor for Advances in the Study of Behaviour in 2014.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Biology, University of St Andrews, UK

Marlene Zuk

University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences, USA

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences, USA

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