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


Chapter 1. The Study of Behavioral Development

I. Aspects of Individual Development

II. Aspects of Social Development

III. Conclusion


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


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


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


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


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


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


Chapter 8. The Ontogeny of Mother-Infant Relations in Macaques

I. Introduction

II. The Onset of Maternal Behavior

III. Mother-Infant Interactions

IV. Maternal Rejection and Infant Attachment


Chapter 9. Imprinting

I. Introduction

II. Imprinting Procedure

III. Activities Connected with Imprinting

IV. Factors Affecting Responsiveness

V. Consequences of Imprinting

VI. The Nature of the Process

VII. Conclusion


Chapter 10. Vocal Learning In Birds

I. Introduction

II. The Nature of Avian Vocal Behavior

III. Methods of Study and Experimentation

IV. Evidence of Learning from Observational Studies

V. Vocal Abnormalities in Social Isolates

VI. Selective Learning of Conspecific versus Alien Song by Social Isolates

VII. Mechanisms in Song Learning

VIII. Genetic Contributions to Song Development

IX. Improvisation as a Factor in Vocal Development

X. Discussion and Summary


Chapter 11. The Ontogeny of Language



Author Index

Subject Index


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