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Reflecting this orientation, some ethologists are becoming more cognitive in orientation (e.
Some cognitive ethologists, who endeavor to rectify such egregious folly, have traced back to seek help from classical ethology, particularly Charles Darwin's theory, and advocate that there is an evolutionary continuum between the human and the animal (Prerost 885-86; Simmons 62-63).
Like dogs, cats consistently fail MSR tests, (64) though their primary semiotic codes are olfactory rather than visual and hence as many cognitive ethologists have maintained, failure of the MSR test does not conclusively demonstrate that they do not have a sense of self, and, though useful, passing this test does not necessarily provide final proof that an individual knows who he or she is.
Rather than going into the field to kill insects, birds, animals, and plants and take them home to preserve and study, ethologists and ecologists observed living creatures in their natural environments in order to understand how they behave and how ecosystems (a new concept introduced at this time) function.
It is a term used by ethologists (people who study animal behavior in the natural setting) to describe an internal physiological/neurological condition that alters an animal's readiness to respond and variation in the intensity/duration of that response.
The term rough-and-tumble play was originally used to describe the play fighting, chasing, and wrestling in rhesus monkeys (Harlow & Harlow, 1965) and was picked up by ethologists to describe a type of human juvenile play.
While early ethologists considered begging as a signal that simply communicates offspring need to the parents, Trivers (1974) suggested that the offspring use begging in an attempt to extract more resources than the parents are willing to provide (Smiseth and Lorensten, 2001).
Ethologists describe two subtypes: 12 "vacuous behaviors" that occur in under-stimulating environments--in settings where insufficient external stimulation triggers a repetitive behavior with little or no evidence of affective distress or pleasure.
Modern ethologists who focus on animal cognition argue with much convincing evidence for deliberate, reflective strategizing in chimpanzees, orangutans, dogs, wolves, dolphins, and corvids.
Ethologists can devote entire careers to untangling aspects of behaviour without thinking much about evolution.
It is worth recognising that while competition may be critical to a football match, almost all interactions among players are cooperative not competitive and I can imagine that ethologists would concur that this is also so among non-human organisms' interactions.
Ethologists previously insisted that emotions were only attributed to animals because of human feelings and interpretation, that it was very subjective and anthropomorphic.