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- Compare and contrast innate and learned behavior in animals.
- Describe the costs and benefits of altruism and kin selection.
- Learn how social behavior in animals is affected by dominance hierarchies and territoriality.
- Explain why animals sometimes give up their individual fitness for the benefit of the group.
- Become familiar with the theory of demographic transition.
- Learn how biomedical progress brings us closer to our population's carrying capacity.
- Describe the significance of the circadian rhythm in regulating animal behavior.
- Understand how animals communicate through various means, such as chemical, electrical and visual signals.
- Explain how genetics and the environment influence human behavior.
1. Innate Behavior: Reflexes, Kineses and Taxes
When there is a loud sound, you quickly jump without thinking. This is because this reflex is an innate, or inherited, behavior. In this lesson, we will look at reflexes as well as several other types of innate behaviors.
2. Learned Behavior: Imprinting, Habituation and Conditioning
Ever wonder why it is easier to train your dog when you give him a treat every time he does something correct? In this lesson we will take a look at conditioning as well as several other forms of learned behavior.
3. Social Behavior: The Cost-Benefit of Altruism and Kin Selection
Ever wonder why people are more likely to help their relatives than complete strangers? Social behavior can help explain this and other actions. Let's look at the cost of certain behaviors.
4. Social Behavior: Agonistic, Dominance Hierarchies, & Territoriality
Instead of using words, animals communicate with each other through social behaviors. These actions between individuals may be used to establish rank, defend home and breeding sites, and compete for resources.
5. Social Systems vs. Individual Fitness: The Queen/Worker Relationship
The queen bee rules her hive while others take care of her needs. This form of behavior may seem odd, but it can be explained by looking into social systems and fitness.
6. The Theory of Demographic Transition: Overview
Populations change over time. The growth or decline of a population can have an effect on the quality of life for people within that population. In this lesson, you'll learn about the theory of demographic transition, which is a model used to study and predict population changes.
7. Carrying Capacity of a Population: Effect of Biomedical Progress
The human population continues to grow. There are several things that contribute to this growth, including biomedical progress. In this lesson, we will look at some examples as well as what may happen if this growth continues.
8. The Circadian Rhythm
You wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night. But some animals do the opposite: wake at night and sleep during the day. What determines the time of day you're active is your circadian rhythm, an internal clock that keeps daily time for you.
9. How Animals Communicate: Chemical, Visual & Electrical Signals
Animals use a variety of different signals to communicate with each other. In this lesson you'll identify the different types of communication signals and the situations in which they might be most useful.
10. Biological Influences on Human Behavior: Genetics & Environment
Humans are a product of both our genetic makeup and our environmental surroundings. Does one influence our behavior more than the other? It can be difficult to tell, but there are ways that scientists can better understand why we do the things we do.
11. Estivation: Definition & Examples
Unless you are a spelling bee champion, you may not have encountered the word 'estivation' before. Estivation allows some animals to survive during hot, dry conditions. Here you will learn what estivation is, how it works, and which animals use it.
12. Resource Partitioning: Definition, Theory & Examples
If you've ever wondered how so many similar species can share the same niche, resource partitioning may be the answer. Learn how partitioning resources allows organisms to specialize and outcompete their rivals.
13. Starfish: Types, Characteristics & Anatomy
Starfish are colorful echinoderms found in marine habitats, and are not actually fish. Learn more about these fascinating creatures and quiz yourself at the end.
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