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Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125583305, 9780080506197

Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field

1st Edition

An Hypothesis-testing Approach to the Development, Causation, Function, and Evolution of Animal Behavior

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Editors: Bonnie Ploger Ken Yasukawa
Paperback ISBN: 9780125583305
eBook ISBN: 9780080506197
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 23rd October 2002
Page Count: 472
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Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field is designed to provide a variety of exercises that engage students actively in all phases of scientific investigation, from formulating research questions through interpreting and presenting final results. It attempts to share the collective teaching expertise and experience of members of the Animal Behavior Society with all who are willing to benefit from their wisdom. Four types of exercises are presented: (1) traditional exercises in which students follow a pre-determined protocol to test particular hypotheses explicitly stated in the exercise, (2) traditional exercises that can easily be adapted to inquiry-based approaches, (3) combined pedagogy exercises that involve both traditional and inquiry approaches, and (4) inquiry exercises in which students first brainstorm to generate their own hypotheses, then design their own experiements to test their hypotheses.

Key Features

  • Supports a range of pedagogical styles and texts in animal behavior with active learning experiences that engage students
  • Students and instructors benefit from knowledge and experience of members of the Animal Behavior Society
  • Flexibility of design enables students and instrucotrs to tailor the exercises to their needs
  • Can be used to support lab courses that are completely inquiry based as well as independent student research projects in animal behavior
  • Consideration of animal care guidelines provides an excellent way to address and discuss concerns about the use of animals in teaching and research
  • Emphasizes the hypothetico-deductive approach that students have difficulty understanding and implementing
  • Supporting materials make additional required texts unnecessary and link study design considerations with real studies


Students in Animal Behavior and Behavioral Ecology. The readership of Animal Behaviour is an important audience and includes over 5000 subscribers.

Table of Contents





  1. Learning to describe and quantify animal behaviorB.J. Ploger
  2. Developing operational definitions and measuring interobserver reliability using house crickets (Acheta domesticus) T. GloverPART 3. CAUSATION
  3. Courtship, mating, and sex pheromones in the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitorE. Font and E. Desfilis
  4. Courtship and mate attraction in parasitic waspsR.W. Matthews and J.R. Matthews
  5. Chemoreception in lizardsC. O'Neil Krekorian
  6. Behavioral thermoregulation in field populations of amphibian larvaeH.H. Whiteman and N. Buschhaus
  7. Temperature dependence of the electric organ discharge in weakly electric fishG.K.H. Zupanc, J.R. Banks, G. Engler and R.C. Beason
  8. Observing and analyzing human nonverbal communicationP.L. Bernstein
  9. Foraging behavior of ants, or picnics: an ant's eye viewS.L. Halkin
  10. Hummingbird foraging patterns: experiments using artificial flowersA. Inman
  11. Honey bee foraging behaviorM.R. Richter and J.M. Keramaty
  12. Individual constancy to color by foraging honeybees P.S.M. Hill and H. WellsPART 4. DEVELOPMENT
  13. Dog training laboratory: applied animal behaviorL.L. Gillie and G.H. Waring
  14. Paternal care and its effect on maternal behavior and pup survival and development in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster)B. McGuire
  15. The effect of prenatal visual stimulation on the imprinting responses of domestic chicks: an examination of sensitive periods during developmentW.L. Hill
  16. Development of thermoregulation in altricial rodentsG.R. Michener and T.D. Charge
  17. Aggregation and kin recognition in African clawed frogs, Xenopus laevis K.L. Anderson and B.J. Ploger PART 5. ADAPTATION AND EVOLUTION Section I: Foraging
  18. Diving birds: a field study of benthic and piscivorous foragersJ.J. Templeton & D.J. Mountjoy
  19. Found a peanut: foraging decisions by squirrelsS.L. Halkin
  20. Economic decisions and foraging tradeoffs in chickadeesR.L. Mumme
  21. Seed selection by foraging birdsM.R. Richter, J.A. Halstead and K. Savastano
  22. Competitive behavior of birds at feeders A. MostromSection II: Avoiding Predators
  23. Vigilance and the group-size effect: observing behavior in humansJ.E. Scheib, L.E. Cody, N.S. Clayton and R.D. Montgomerie
  24. The function of "chat" calls in northern mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos): vocal defense of nestlingsC.A. Logan
  25. Diving and skating in whirligig beetles: alternative antipredator responsesA. Inman and A. Houtman
  26. The response of tree squirrels to conspecific and heterospecific alarm calls A. HoutmanSection III: Agonistic Behavior
  27. Competition for breeding resources by burying beetlesM.P. Scott
  28. Learning to be winners and losers: agonistic behavior in crayfish E.M. Jakkob and C.D. HoeflerSection IV: Courtship and Parental Care
  29. Costs and benefits of maternal care in earwigsR.L. Mumme, J.O. Palmer and S.M. Ranking
  30. Vocal behavior and mating tactics of the spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer): a field exercise in animal behaviorD.C. Forester
  31. The role of multiple male characters in mate choice by female guppies (Poecilia reticulata)D.J. Albrecht
  32. Investigating human mate choice using the want ads M. CroweSection V: Games
  33. Demonstrating strategies for solving the prisoner's dilemmaK.N. Morgan
  34. Using empirical games to teach animal behavior P.K. StoddardSection VI: Evolution
  35. The evolution of behavior: a phylogenetic approachK. Yasukawa

APPENDICES A. Guidelines for the treatment of animals in behavioral research and teaching

Animal Behavior Society and the Association for the Study of Animal Behavior B. Ethical use of human subjects American Psychological Association C. Introduction to statistics B.J. Ploger and K. Yasukaw


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About the Editors

Bonnie Ploger

Affiliations and Expertise

Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.

Ken Yasukawa

Affiliations and Expertise

Beloit College, WI, U.S.A.

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