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Growing Points Ethology - P. P. G. Bateson

Paperback Published: 6th December 1976
ISBN: 9780521290869
Number Of Pages: 558

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First published in 1976, this volume is a collection of essays by some of the most prominent and active ethologists. It is organized into four sections: motivation and perception, function and evolution, development, and human social relationships. The first three sections reflect the four questions which are basic to ethology: what were the immediate causes of a behaviour pattern; what is its biological function; how did it evolve; and how did it develop in the individual? The last section involves questions of all four types. The sections are introduced and linked by editorials and the book concludes with an important statement on asking the right questions. The essays are forward looking and identify areas of importance for the study of behaviour. The volume is a source of formative ideas for students, their teachers and research workers in a wide variety of disciplines in the biological psychological and social sciences.

List of contributors
Motivation and Perception: Editorial: 1
Hierarchical organisation: a candidate principle for ethology Richard Dawkins
Form and function on the temporal organisation of behaviour
Attentional processes and animal behaviour
Dynamic boundaries of patterned behaviour: interaction and self-organization
Sound production and perception in birds as related to the general principles of pattern perception
Function and Evolution: Editorial: 3
Evolutionary rules and primate societies
Social organization, communication and graded signals: the chimpanzee and the gorilla
Kin selection in lions and evolution
The social function of intellect
Development: Editorial: 5
The place of genetics in the study of behaviour
Stages in the early behavioural development of altricial young of selected species of non-primate mammals
The study of animal play
Rules and reciprocity in behavioural development
Human Social Relationships: Editorial: 7
Growing points in human ethology: another link between ethology and the social sciences?
Towards understanding relationships: dynamic stability
How far do early differences in mother-child relations affect later development?
Does ethology throw any light on human behaviour?
Ethology in a changing world
Conclusion - on asking the right questions
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ISBN: 9780521290869
ISBN-10: 0521290864
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 558
Published: 6th December 1976
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.15
Weight (kg): 0.81