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    Niko Tinbergen's Four Questions

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    Consider at least two of Tinbergen's 'four questions' in relation to filial imprinting. Tinbergen’s ‘four questions’ refers to a publication from 1963 by Niko Tinbergen, one of the founding fathers of behavioural biology (Giraldeau, 2012). In which he outlined four questions in the study of animal behaviour, namely causation, development, function described as the survival value and evolution. Although Tinbergen’s questions were not original, as causation, function and evolution questions had already

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    Jane Goodall

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    Jane Goodall Jane Goodall is one of the world’s most admired women, acclaimed scientist, and conservationist (www.nationalgeographic.com). The work that she does is called ethology, which is the study of animal behavior. Such a successful woman has numerous admirable qualities. She has contributed greatly to society as well as to the animal kingdom. Her research paved the way for countless primate studies, and has changed the way many people view chimpanzees. Trying to narrow down only three admirable

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    Many different aspects affect the development of an individual. Accordingly, from the inception to the death of an individual, the character growth is dependent on diverse facets. As such, there are different theories that focus on explaining the development of an individual. The lifespan development theories are highly important towards making a descriptive mandate of the development of an individual. Lifespan development theories aim on describing the individual behavior character and other facets

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    Animal behavior

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    The study of animal behavior is Ethology. A large part of the studies have been conducted by Lonrenz and Niko Tinbergen who wanted to find out how animals saw the world. For example, fishes. The male will protect its territory. They will become aggressive when they see the red belly of another fish. This reaction is innate or instinctive, it is automatic. An experiment was performed by placing a large red sheet of paper in the tank. This made the male fish aggressive. This aggressiveness is what

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    attachment

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    responses of children between 12 months and 4 years of age, who had become separated from their mother while staying at the hospital (Van der Horst et al 2008). It was at this time Bowlby began studying new concepts that were emerging in the field of ethology. One of the studies which influenced him in developing his theory was Konrad Lorenz’s (1935) study on imprinting. Lorenz was an Austrian ethologist who believed that each species of animals are born with a set of “fixed action patterns”, a behavioural

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    Zoology

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    Zoology The study of zoology can be viewed as a series of efforts to analyse and classify animals. Attempts at classification as early as 400 BC are known from documents in the Hippocratic Collection. Aristotle, however, was the first to devise a system of classifying animals that recognized a basic unity of plan among diverse organisms; he arranged groups of animals according to mode of reproduction and habitat. Observing the development of such animals as the dogfish, chick, and octopus

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    The Extent to Which Psychological Theories Have Been Successful in Explaining Attachments There are various psychological theories to regard as which have been successful in explaining attachments and I will be explaining the majority of them. Sigmund Freud developed a theory of personality - an explanation of how each individual's personality develops. This theory can be used to explain many aspects of behaviour, including attachment. Feud proposed that attachment grows out of the feeding

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    Two faces, One coin “Sunday in the Park” by Bel Kaufman, is a short story that illustrates the contrast and conflict of human behavior through a typical family's encounter with a barbaric man. Contrast is emphasized by conflicting pairs of opposing behaviors: civility, rationality, and harmony against barbaric, instinct, and turmoil. The author continuously develops a positive atmosphere, promptly to shatter the image. Through the story, Kaufman implies that humans conflict between their two sides

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    Animal Communication

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    Throughout this course of study, the concept of language as the demarcation between animals and humans has prevailed. Further, as we have seen in our class readings, many claim that it is through language that our "consciousness" and "cognitive" skills are developed. Accordingly, these skills are necessary for us to interpret and conceptualize our world. What this infers is that because we have these skills and the "brute" animals do not, animals do not possess the ability to analyze or think about

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    Human Instinct

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    The Merriam Webster Dictionary lists exactly seven definitions for the word “instinct.” However, the one that most accurately depicts human nature describes instinct as “a largely inheritable and unalterable tendency of an organism to make a complex and specific response to environmental stimuli without involving reason” (“Instinct”). In The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, the soldiers in the war depend primarily on instinct, often taking action without clear thoughts or proper reasoning. Hypothetically

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