Review and Animal Behavior. Animal behavior Examples? Definition Why study behavior?

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<ul><li> Slide 1 </li> <li> Review and Animal Behavior </li> <li> Slide 2 </li> <li> Animal behavior Examples? Definition Why study behavior? </li> <li> Slide 3 </li> <li> How to study animal behavior Ethology: The study of animal behavior in its natural environment Mid 20 th century Tinbergen, von Frisch, Lorenz 4 foundational questions Mechanistic basis of the behavior How does development influence behavior Evolutionary history of the behavior How does the behavior contribute to its fitness? Behavioral ecology: Stems from ethology, and attempts to explain how animal behaviors are controlled and why they developed </li> <li> Slide 4 </li> <li> Proximate versus ultimate explanations Proximate: the mechanism (how) Ultimate: Evolutionary significance (why) With your partner, write down a proximate and ultimate explanation </li> <li> Slide 5 </li> <li> Fixed action pattern (FAP) Sequence of unlearned behaviors Nearly unchangeable Carried out to completion Sign stimulus (releaser) behavior Example of an innate behavior </li> <li> Slide 6 </li> <li> Imprinting Generally irreversible Sensitive period Imprinting stimulus Innate and learning components Lorenz Proximate, ultimate explanations? </li> <li> Slide 7 </li> <li> Nature versus nurture Can behavioral traits be treated like physical traits? How do your determine whether genes, environment, or both cause behavior? Example behaviors: intelligence, musical/artistic talent, love? </li> <li> Slide 8 </li> <li> Directed movements Strong genetic influence Kinesis versus taxis Migration Migrating blackcaps kept in captivity exhibited behaviors of migratory restlessness at night Migratory and nonmigratory blackcaps mated and subjected to both environments 40% of offspring exhibited migratory restlessness </li> <li> Slide 9 </li> <li> Signals and communication Signal causes change in another organisms behavior Difference between communication and language Pheromones (reproductive and nonreproductive behaviors) </li> <li> Slide 10 </li> <li> Auditory communication Songs of birds are partly learned Critical period Some insects, such as male Drosophila, produce a song even when reared in isolation Very little variation, why? </li> <li> Slide 11 </li> <li> Learning Definition? How do we learn? Habituation: Loss of responsiveness </li> <li> Slide 12 </li> <li> Spatial learning and cognitive maps Spatial learning (Tinbergen): experience consists of spatial structures of the environment Use of landmarks. Reliable? Cognitive maps: Internal representation of spatial relationships </li> <li> Slide 13 </li> <li> Classical conditioning (Pavlov) </li> <li> Slide 14 </li> <li> Operant conditioning (Skinner) </li> <li> Slide 15 </li> <li> How natural selections leads to behavioral traits Variation exists: fraction of the species T. elegans (garter snakes) had ability to recognize slugs by chemoreception Increased fitness: That variation has higher chance to survive and reproduce (genes passed on) Led to changes in the population over time </li> <li> Slide 16 </li> <li> 1.Your friend Jim comes to you with a problem: His dog barks too much. He tells you that it is getting worse and the only way he can get his dog to stop barking is to give it a treat. Explain to your friend what kind of learning the dog is exhibiting and what can be done about it. 2.Most birds cannot fly when they are first born, but only at a certain age. A scientists decides to isolate 2 groups of birds after being born. One group can practice flapping their wings at any point. The others groups wings are tied so that they cannot practice flapping. At the expected age, both groups are allowed to attempt to fly, and both groups do successfully with no apparent difference. What would account for these results. Innate, learned behavior? Both? Neither? 3.The magnolia warbler only breeds in spring/early summer. Propose a proximate and ultimate explanation for this situation. </li> <li> Slide 17 </li> <li> Lab 11: Animal Behavior </li> <li> Slide 18 </li> <li> Concepts innate vs. learned behavior experimental design control vs. experimental hypothesis choice chamber temperature humidity light intensity salinity other factors </li> <li> Slide 19 </li> <li> Lab 11: Animal Behavior Hypothesis Tentative, testable explanation It is the hypothesis in an experiment that is tested Deduction If hypothesis AND experiment THEN prediction </li> <li> Slide 20 </li> <li> Lab 11: Animal Behavior Hypothesis development Poor: I think pillbugs will move toward the wet side of a choice chamber. Better: IF pillbugs prefer a moist environment, AND they are randomly placed on both sides of a wet/dry choice chamber and allowed to move about freely for 10 minutes, THEN most will be found on the wet side. </li> <li> Slide 21 </li> <li> Lab 11: Animal Behavior Experimental design s ample size </li> <li> Slide 22 </li> <li> Foraging behavior Optimal foraging theory: behaviors exist as a compromise between benefits of nutrition and cost of obtaining food Predation must be a factor </li> <li> Slide 23 </li> <li> Mating behavior Promiscuous Strong bonds Monogamous (sex morphology similar) Polygamous Polyandry (dimorphic Larger, Showy males) Polygyny (dimorphic Larger, Showy females) Factors influencing evolution of mating systems -Need of young -Paternity certainty - certainty increases with external fertilization </li> <li> Slide 24 </li> <li> Sexual selection Sexual selection (selective pressure) evolution of male behavior and anatomy Stalked-eyed flies Females more likely to mate with males with longer eyestalks Why? Correlation between genetic disorders and inability to develop long eyestalks </li> <li> Slide 25 </li> <li> Agonistic behavior Ritualized Winner gains access to resources Physical and behavioral characteristics involved Usually harm is not done </li> <li> Slide 26 </li> <li> Game theory and behavior Game theory evaluates alternative strategies where outcome depends on strategies of other individuals Why dont less fit mating strategies disappear? Depends on abundance of certain strategies </li> <li> Slide 27 </li> <li> Prisoners dilemma (why cooperative succeeds) Columnman Remains silent Columnman defects Rowman remains silent 3,30,5 Rowman defects 5,01,1 </li> <li> Slide 28 </li> <li> Altruism Cost/benefit of selfish vs. unselfish behavior? Altruism reduces individual fitness but increases fitness of others </li> <li> Slide 29 </li> <li> Inclusive fitness Helping close relatives would increase the inclusive fitness (own offspring and survival, reproduction of close relatives) Hamiltons rule Natural selection would favor altruistic behavior when rB &gt; C </li> <li> Slide 30 </li> <li> Social learning Experience involves observing others Culture: information transfer through social learning Vervet monkey alarm calls Memes (Richard Dawkins) </li> <li> Slide 31 </li> <li> Sociobiology (E.O. Wilson) Connects human culture to evolutionary theory Social behaviors exist because they are perpetuated by natural selection Does not mean all social behaviors are hardwired (nature vs. nurture) </li> </ul>

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