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auditory meatus

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Psychology.

A canal that leads from the external ear to the tympanic membrane.

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autoshaping

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Psychology.

A type of conditioning (1) that occurs when an animal learns to respond to a stimulus without reinforcement (1) of the response but with associative learning of a contingency between a...

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colour vision

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Psychology.

The ability of the eye to detect different wavelengths of light and to distinguish between these different wavelengths and their corresponding colours. In the mammalian eye this is achieved...

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corpora quadrigemina

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Psychology.

In the mid-brain of mammals, two pairs of lobes extending from the dorsal surface, the anterior pair being optic centres and the posterior pair auditory centres.

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duetting

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Psychology.

A co-ordinated vocal display performed by a monogamous (see monogamy) pair of birds or primates in which the individuals vocalize alternately or simultaneously. Duetting occurs frequently...

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evolutionarily stable strategy

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

Any hereditary pattern of behaviour that is fixed in the sense that, in a population in which most individuals adopt it, no alternative behaviour pattern has a greater Darwinian fitness,...

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fight-or-flight response

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

A term introduced by the US physiologist Walter Bradford Cannon (1871–1945), and popularized in his book Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear and Rage (1929), for the syndrome of...

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genetics of behaviour

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

The study of inherited characteristics that affect behaviour. This can be achieved by a number of methods, including breeding studies, inbreeding studies, strain and race comparisons,...

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hawk-Dove game

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

Another name for the Chicken game, especially in biological literature, where it was rediscovered and interpreted as follows. The Hawk strategy involves escalated fighting until the...

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innate releasing mechanism

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Psychology.

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Special units within the nervous systems of young animals that detect neural messages generated by sign stimuli and, upon receipt of an appropriate signal, activate motor...

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