The Ontogeny of Vertebrate Behavior - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125043502, 9780323147507

The Ontogeny of Vertebrate Behavior

1st Edition

Editors: Howard Moltz
eBook ISBN: 9780323147507
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1971
Page Count: 512
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The Ontogeny of Vertebrate Behavior is a collection of articles focused on the comparative psychology researches. The text is devoted to the development of vertebrate behavior, emphasizes the ontogenetic determinants, and answers questions related to the differentiation of selected response systems.

The book is organized into 10 chapters that feature the concepts of vertebrate behavior and its ontogeny. It presents the study of behavioral development, as well as the visual perceptual systems and its evolution. It explains the perceptual abilities of the human infant and the early experience and problem-solving behavior. Cerebral effects of environmental manipulation and the behavioral phenomena are explained. The book also talks about the ontogeny of emotional, play, and exploratory behaviors; of sexuality and maternal behavior; and of mother-infant relations. It also discusses the principle and procedure of imprinting. Finally, it explains the vocal learning of avian species and the ontogeny of language, as well as the vocal abnormalities. This text will be invaluable to the students, novices, and professionals in psychology, ethology, endocrinology, and behavioral and developmental biology.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors Preface Chapter 1. The Study of Behavioral Development I. Aspects of Individual Development II. Aspects of Social Development III. Conclusion References Chapter 2. The Development of Visual Perceptual Systems I. Setting the Problem II. Major Conceptual Alternatives III. The Evolution of Perceptual Systems IV. Perceptual Abilities of the Human Infant V. Conclusion References Chapter 3. Early Experience and Problem-Solving Behavior I. Introduction II. Critical Experiential Factors III. Cerebral Effects of Environmental Manipulation IV. Explanatory Suggestions V. Conclusions References Chapter 4. The Ontogeny of Emotional Behavior I. Problems of Experimental Design and Interpretation II. Major Areas of Investigation III. An Ontogenetic Model IV. Sources References Chapter 5. Ontogeny of Play and Exploratory Behaviors: A Definition of Problems and a Search for New Conceptual Solutions I. Introduction II. Current Status of Concepts Pertaining to Exploration and Play III. Definitions of Exploration and Play and Problems of Behavioral Conceptualization IV. Behavioral Phenomena V. Ontogeny of Play and Exploration within the Total Overt Behavioral Repertoire VI. Neurobiological Phenomena: Ontogeny of Structures and Functions VII. A Natural Classification of Behavioral and Neurobiological Phenomena VIII. Conclusion References Chapter 6. The Ontogeny of Sexuality I. Introduction II. Genes and Sexual Behavior III. Hormones and the Development of Sexual Behavior IV. The Nature of Sexual Differentiation V. Experience and the Development of Sexual Behavior VI. Summary References Chapter 7. The Ontogeny of Maternal Behavior in Some Selected Mammalian Species I. The Rat II. The Rabbit III. The Golden Hamster IV. The Mouse References Chapter 8. The


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