Animal Behavior ScreencastsAuthor: David B. Miller
19 Nov 2018

Animal Behavior Screencasts

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Screencasts (video podcasts) hosted by Dr. David B. Miller Professor Emeritus at The University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, U.S.A. These screencasts were formerly used in Dr. Miller's Animal Behavior course from 2009 to 2017, prior to his retirement.

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    Development: Episode 9: Early Experience (FINAL EPISODE IN THIS SERIES)

    Early experience greatly affects behavioral development. Here we look at different ways of experimentally addressing how that takes place.
    THIS IS THE FINAL EPISODE OF THE ANIMAL BEHAVIOR SCREENCASTS SERIES. ALL EPISODES WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE ON iTUNES.


  • Posted on 12 Nov 2018

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    Development: Episode 8: Reformulation of Imprinting

    Konrad Lorenz’s original imprinting question concerned species recognition in relation to mate selection. This reformulation drills down to individual recognition as a possible mechanism underlying incest avoidance in relation to a model of optimal outbreeding posited by Sir Patrick Bateson.

  • Posted on 05 Nov 2018

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    Development: Episode 7: Problems with Imprinting

    Imprinting is a powerful phenomenon, but the manner in which it is studied experimentally is sometimes questionable, ranging from the tasks that animals are required to do to demonstrate preferences to the issue of redirecting species-typical preferences toward species-atypical objects, as well as mis-imprinting.

  • Posted on 31 Oct 2018

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    Development: Episode 6: Critical Periods

    The concept of critical periods is often associated with imprinting as well as other phenomena ranging from experimental embryology to language development. The experimental study of critical periods, however, usually ignores a critical methodological problem, which is described here.

  • Posted on 22 Oct 2018

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    Development: Episode 5: Imprinting

    An examination of sexual and filial imprinting (social attachments) from an historical perspective.

  • Posted on 15 Oct 2018

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