9.201 | Spring 2000 | Graduate

Advanced Animal Behavior


All of the readings listed here are required.

General Texts and Treatises

Alcock, J. Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach. 5th ed. Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Assoc., 1993.

Barash, D. P. Sociobiology and Behavior. 2nd ed. N.Y.: Elsevier, 1982.

Brown, L., and J. F. Downhower. Analyses in Behavioral Ecology: A Manual for Lab and Field. Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Assoc., 1988. 

Cockburn, A. An Introduction to Evolutionary Ecology. Oxford: Blackwell Science, Ltd., 1991. 

Darwin, C. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press; Phoenix Books, 1965. (Orig. 1872)

Dewsbury, D. A., ed. Contemporary Issues in Comparative Psychology. Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Assoc., 1989.

Drickamer, L. C., S. H. Vessey, and D. Meikle. Animal Behavior: Mechanisms, Ecology and Evolution. 3rd ed. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown, 1996.

Gallistel, C. R. The Organization of Learning. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press (Bradford Book), 1990.

———. The Organization of Action: A New Synthesis. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1980.

———, ed. Animal Cognition. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1992. (From Cognition. Vol. 37, no. 1-2. 1990.)

Griffin, D. R. Animal Thinking. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1984.

Hediger, H. Wild Animals in Captivity. N.Y.: Dover, 1964.

———. Man and Animal in the Zoo. Translated by G. Vevers and W. Reade. N.Y.: Delacorte Press, 1969.

Krebs, J. R., and N. B. Davies, eds. Behavioural Ecology, An Evolutionary Approach. 4th ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science, Ltd., 1997.

Lorenz, K. Z. The Foundations of Ethology. N.Y.: Springer, 1981.

Maxwell, M., ed. The Sociobiological Imagination. Albany: SUNY Press, 1991.

Ristau, C. A., and P. Marler, eds. Cognitive Ethology: The Minds of Other Animals. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1990.

Roitblat, H. L. Introduction to Comparative Cognition. N.Y.: W.H. Freeman & Co., 1987.

Wickler, W. The Sexual Code: The Social Behavior of Animals and Men. Translated by F. Garvie. Garden City: Doubleday; Anchor Press, 1973.

Wilson, E. O. Sociobiology, the Abridged Edition. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, 1980.

More Specialized Books

Advances in the Study of Behavior. Vol. 1-18. N.Y.: Academic Press, 1965-1988.

Barnett, S. A. The Rat: A Study in Behavior. Chicago: Aldine, 1963.

Byrne, R. W., and A. Whiten. Machiavellian Intelligence: Social Expertise and the Evolution of Intellect in Monkeys, Apes, and Humans. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988.

Calhoun, J. B. The Ecology and Sociology of the Norway Rat. Public Health Service Publication No. 1008. U.S.Government Printing Office, 1962.

Cheney, D. L., and R. M. Seyfarth. How Monkeys See the World: Inside the Mind of Another Species. Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press, 1990.

Eibl-Eibesfeldt, I. Human Ethology. N.Y.: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1989.

Fossey, D. Gorillas in the Mist. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983.

Goodall, J. The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, 1986.

Hrdy, S. B. The Langurs of Abu: Female and Male Strategies of Reproduction. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1977.

Konner, M. The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit. N.Y.: Harper & Row (Harper Colophon Books), 1982, 1990.

Leyhausen, P. Cat Behavior: The Predatory and Social Behavior of Domestic and Wild Cats. N.Y.: Garland St P M Press, 1979. [English version of his Verhaltenstudien on Katzen.]

Lockley, R. M. The Private Life of the Rabbit. N.Y.: Macmillan, 1964.

Ryden, H. Lily Pond: Four Years with a Family of Beavers. N.Y.: Wm. Morrow and Co., 1989.

Siegel, H. I., ed. The Hamster: Reproduction and Behavior. N.Y.: Plenum Press, 1985.

Strum, S. C. Almost Human: A Journey into the World of Baboons. New York: W.W. Norton, 1987.

Wrangham, R. W., W. C. McGrew, F. B. M. de Waal, and P. G. Heltne, eds. Chimpanzee Cultures. Harvard Univ. Press, 1994.


Various texts on learning and memory.

Readings, e.g.,
Sherman, P. W., and J. Alcock, eds. “Exploring Animal Behavior.” Readings from American Scientist. 1993.

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