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Ch 7: TASC Science: Social Interactions & Group Behavior

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Discover how group behavior and social interactions relate to science. The lessons will explain these methods of communication in engaging ways so you'll know how to answer related questions on the TASC Science test.

TASC Science: Social Interaction & Group Behavior - Chapter Summary

These short video lessons offer in-depth information on social, learned and innate behavior. Comprehension of these methods of conduct will get you ready for possible questions on the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam. The topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Types and examples of innate behavior
  • Learned behavior, such as habituation, imprinting and conditioning
  • Benefit of kin selection and altruism in social behavior
  • Behaviors such as dominance hierarchies, agnostic and territoriality
  • The individual fitness vs. social system connection

The lessons provide examples of the types of behavior prevalent in society. Instructors explain the information in fun and engaging ways. Grasping the meaning and application of these social behaviors can benefit you when taking the TASC Science test.

Objectives of the TASC Science: Social Interaction & Group Behavior Chapter

The TASC Science test includes three content areas. Material related to social interaction and group behavior is in the life sciences section, which is 36% of the test score. You may experience 2-5 questions from this topic.

The TASC Science test is 85-90 minutes long. If you're taking the test via computer, there are 48 multiple-choice questions and 1 technology-enhanced item, otherwise the paper version includes 49 multiple-choice questions. Both formats include 8 stimuli questions and a constructed-response item as well.

Some of the test preparation tools available in this chapter are the ability to take self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson and jump to main points by clicking on video tags.

5 Lessons in Chapter 7: TASC Science: Social Interactions & Group Behavior
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Innate Behavior: Reflexes, Kineses and Taxes

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.

Learned Behavior: Imprinting, Habituation and Conditioning

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.

Social Behavior: The Cost-Benefit of Altruism and Kin Selection

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.

Social Behavior: Agonistic, Dominance Hierarchies, & Territoriality

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.

Social Systems vs. Individual Fitness: The Queen/Worker Relationship

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.

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