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Animal Behavior

Eleventh edition

Dustin Rubenstein and John Alcock

30 May 2019

ISBN: 9781605358949

600 pages

In Stock

Price: £49.99

Shows how researchers use scientific logic to study the underlying mechanisms and evolutionary bases of behaviour.



A comparative and integrative overview of how and why animals as diverse as insects and humans behave the way that they do, linking behaviors to the brain, genes, and hormones, as well as to the surrounding ecological and social environments.

  • Engaging, narrative-driven text that draws from classic studies and primary literature
  • A classic approach to the evolutionary and comparative study of animal behavior, with a unique focus on integrative study
  • Taxonomically-diverse examples aid in understanding of the concepts, providing students with a clear idea of how scientists study behavior
  • Emphasis on hypothesis testing, observation and experimental methods, and discussion of costs and benefits
  • Extensive use of audio and visual collections

About the Author(s)

Dustin Rubenstein, Professor, Columbia University, and John Alcock, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

Dustin Rubenstein, Professor, Columbia University John Alcock, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

Table of Contents

    1. An Introduction to Animal Behavior
    2. The Integrative Study of Behavior
    3. The Developmental and Genetic Bases of Behavior
    4. The Neural Basis of Behavior
    5. The Physiological Basis of Behavior
    6. Avoiding Predators and Finding Food
    7. Territoriality and Migration
    8. Principles of Communication
    9. Reproductive Behavior
    10. Mating Systems
    11. Parental Care
    12. Principles of Social Evolution
    13. Social Behavior and Sociality

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