Animal Motivation by Patrick Colgan (auth.)

By Patrick Colgan (auth.)

The subject of animal motivation bargains with how and why animals have interaction specifically actions: what mechanisms contained in the animal generate behaviour, how stimuli from the exterior surroundings in­ fluence those mechanisms, and the way this behaviour is helpful to the animal. the subject is therefore primary either to educational experiences in psychology and zoology and to utilized concerns in family species. Motivation has no longer been a space of serious emphasis long ago 10-15 years yet there's now a turning out to be attention that it's going to obtain larger cognizance. Drawing on thoughts and observations from a few components, this ebook offers an summary of the motiva­ tional techniques which confirm the alternatives, timing, and sequencing that are attribute of animal behaviour. info and concept from ethology, psychology, and evolutionary biology are synthesized right into a modern framework for analysing such crucial positive factors of behaviour as endurance in actions and target orientation. ideas of motivational research are mentioned and illustrated with particular case reviews. The successive chapters care for ethological, phy­ siological, and ecological ways related to experimental paintings on a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate species. Ethological issues contain the interplay of exterior stimuli and inner states, mechanisms of selection, quantitative versions of motivation, clash among traits for various actions, and behavioural homeos­ tasis. The assessment of physiological study specializes in starvation, the activating roles of nerves and hormones, and the exam of animals with small apprehensive systems.

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16 Approaches by male pumpkinseed sunfish are an additive outcome of the external stimulus (the posture of the stimulus male surrogate: AGG: aggressive, NOR: normal, SUB: subordinate) and the internal state of the test fish (as reflected in its reproductive period: Ne: nesting, Sp: spawning, Br: brooding, Va: vacating) (from Colgan and Gross, 1977). 44 Ethology of motivation The variables in question may be internal or external, and appropriate scaling can often produce additivity. For instance, in nesting male pumpkinseed sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus) , aggressive responses are the joint outcome of two concurrent variables (Colgan and Gross, 1977).

The ensuing zigzag dance by the male between . the nest and the female is one of the most famous activities in the whole of ethology. 20), with the aggressive level of the male subjects being manipulated by presenting them with a stimulus male in a bottle. Activities which were relatively common prior to stimulus presentation, such as pushing and bringing ma- Interactions between motivational systems 51 80 o • G ... C c B ~ c: -e F P 60 ~ () c: 40 Q) ::> f c: 20 nI Q) ~ o 5 10 Time Pre-test 15 (min) Model test Post-test Figure 2_20 Frequencies of nest-related activities in male sticklebacks presented with females: F: fanning, B: bringing material, G: glueing, P: pushing, and C: creeping through (from Wilz, 1970b).

In general, responses and reinforcers cannot be arbitrarily paired: rather, attention must be paid to the underlying motivational systems (see Hinde and Stevenson-Hinde, 1973). COMBINATION OF FACTORS In this section we shall consider the combination of internal and external factors causing responses; the value of viewing these factors as concurrent variables; and the case of vacuum and other spontaneous behaviour. The results of research with cichlids will illustrate these processes of combination.

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