It is distinguished by its balanced treatment of both the underlying mechanisms and evolutionary causes of behaviour, and stresses the utility of evolutionary theory in unifying the different behavioural disciplines. Important concepts are explained by reference to key illustrative studies, which are described in sufficient detail to help students appreciate the role of the scientific process in producing research discoveries. Examples are drawn evenly from studies of invertebrates and vertebrates, and are supported by nearly 1300 reference citations. The writing style is clear: beginning students should have no difficulty following the material, despite the strong conceptual orientation of the text.
Table of Contents
An evolutionary approach to animal behaviour; proximate and ultimate causes of behaviour - how and why birds sing; the development of behaviour - a focus on heredity; the development of behaviour - a focus on the environment; the control of behaviour - neural mechanisms; the organization of behaviour - neurons and hormones; adaptation and anti-predator behaviour - the evolution of feeding behaviour; choosing where to live; the evolution of communication; the evolution of reproductive behaviour; the evolution of mating systems; the evolution of parental care; the evolution of social behaviour; the evolution of human behaviour.
JOHN ALCOCK is at the Arizona State University.