A primer of invertebrate learning : the behavioral by Charles I. Abramson

By Charles I. Abramson

This paintings offers a methodological creation to the research of invertebrate studying. It goals to provide readers an realizing of the rules of sound experimental layout and of a few basic concerns within the research of behaviour. It comprises questions and lists of assets and fabrics.

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Is the learning process different for vertebrates and invertebrates? Constructing an Experiment With Invertebrates Preview Questions What are the major strategies for the study of invertebrates? How is a particular research strategy chosen? What are some important skills for those planning to conduct invertebrate research? What are the major varieties of learning? What is the comparative method? How is the comparative method used in the study of invertebrate learning? Major Strategies Used in the Study of Invertebrate learning In this chapter, we will take a brief tour of four major strategies developed to analyze invertebrate learning.

The distinction between strategies is purely arbitrary-a fact that you will experience as you progress through the study of invertebrate learning. 19 20 A PRIMER OF INVERTEBRATE LEARNING The Comparative Strategy Comparative psychology is loosely defined as the study of similarities and differences in the behavior of animals. Darwin believed that mental or cognitive functions are shaped by the same pressures that give rise to the anatomical features of a species-that there is no property of mind that is not present in an incipient form in some lower animal.

T h e ethogram employs observational techniques, often under natural conditions, to create a catalog of the basic repertoire of a species. These catalogs are invaluable in their own right and serve as a guide to those interested in neuroethology and comparative psychology. Some,well-known ethograms are found in the writings of Karl von Frisch, Jane Goodall, and Dian Fossey. Their work provides invaluable information on many facets of the behavior of honeybees, chimpanzees, and gorillas, respectively.

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