• Biology and Life Sciences


This book provides a comparative and integrative overview of how and why animals as diverse as insects and humans behave the way that they do, linking a diversity of behaviors and their adaptive functions to the brain, genes, and hormones, as well as to the surrounding ecological and social environments. Just as so many modern studies in animal behavior are taking advantage of new neurobiological and molecular approaches, this book introduces these and other cutting-edge techniques to its readers, all while maintaining a focus on the theoretical aspects of the field in an explicit hypotheses testing framework. New pedagogical approaches in this edition emphasize hypothesis testing, data interpretation, and problem solving. Ultimately, the book highlights both the evolutionary and comparative approaches to studying animal behavior, as well as the inter-disciplinary approaches that emphasize the neural, genetic, and physiological mechanisms underlying adaptive behaviors.