Animal Behavior

In this subdiscipline: 140 papers

Discipline summary

A field within biology concerned with the behaviour of animals including subject areas such as behavioural ecology, ethology, applied animal behaviour and clinical animal behaviour studies.

Popular papers

  1. Recent studies in the field of behavioural ecology have revealed intriguing variation in behaviour within single populations. Increasing evidence suggests that individual animals differ in their average level of behaviour displayed across a range of…
  2. How should ecologists and evolutionary biologists analyze nonnormal data that involve random effects? Nonnormal data such as counts or proportions often defy classical statistical procedures. Generalized linear mixed models (GLMMs) provide a more…
  3. Individual humans, and members of diverse other species, show consistent differences in aggressiveness, shyness, sociability and activity. Such intraspecific differences in behaviour have been widely assumed to be non-adaptive variation surrounding…
  4. This paper summarizes the current views on coping styles as a useful concept in understanding individual adaptive capacity and vulnerability to stress-related disease. Studies in feral populations indicate the existence of a proactive and a reactive…
  5. Neophobia, defined as showing caution toward novel features of the environment, is widespread in birds and mammals; it can be affected by ecology,earlyexperience,andsocialcontext.Inthisstudy,weaimedto(i) investigate the response to novel food in…
  6. An adaptationist programme has dominated evolutionary thought in England and the United States during the past 40 years. It is based on faith in the power of natural selection as an optimizing agent. It proceeds by breaking an organism into unitary…
  7. Social animals live and interact together, forming complex relationships and social structure. These relationships can have important fitness consequences, but most studies do not explicitly measure those relationships. An approach that explicitly…

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