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Animal Behavior. Objectives. Define behavior Be familiar with the range of animal behavior Understand the methods that ethologists use to study behavior Employ some of these methods to make your own observations of behavior. Observational Methods.

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Objectives
Objectives

  • Define behavior

  • Be familiar with the range of animal behavior

  • Understand the methods that ethologists use to study behavior

  • Employ some of these methods to make your own observations of behavior


Observational methods
Observational Methods

  • Ad Libitum – take notes on everything you see

  • Focal Sampling – one animal, observing a defined set of behaviors

  • Instantaneous/Scan Sampling – at set time points, note behaviors of one or more animals

  • All occurrences – one behavior, note every time it is performed

  • Each method has advantages and

    disadvantages and can cause different

    biases.


Today s experiment
Today’s Experiment

  • We will test habitat selection in isopods, and foraging preferences in crickets


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