from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment.
- n. The study of human ethos and its formation.
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- n. The scientific study of human and animal behaviour.
- n. The study of the human ethos.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A treatise on morality; ethics.
- n. The science of the formation of character, national and collective as well as individual.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of ethics; especially, applied ethics.
- n. Mimicry.
- n. Same as æcology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of zoology that studies the behavior of animals in their natural habitats
Male bonding is a term that is used in ethology, social science, and in general usage to describe patterns of friendship and/or cooperation in men (or in the case of ethology: males of various species).
Their breeding behaviour and how they and their chicks respond to stimuli is tremendously well studied, with the studies of Goethe, Tinbergen and others being classic, pioneering works in ethology.
Griffin's agenda for the discipline he labeled “cognitive ethology” features the topic of animal consciousness and advocates a methodology, inherited from classical ethology, that is based in naturalistic observations of animal behavior (see Allen 2004).
And he believes that we can also arrive at a science of development, which he refers to as "ethology"; this is a description of the ways in which circumstances influence individual character.
"ethology," as above defined, would be good names for our present work.
J.S. Mill, or with ethology, meaning environmentalism, as used by Julian Huxley), its roots are deep in the history of thought.
Donald Griffin, often called the "father of cognitive ethology" the study of animal minds, postulated that the ability of animals to adapt to unpredictably changing conditions showed they were conscious and able to assess what needed to be done in a given situation.
Best provides a comprehensive review of recent research in cognitive ethology to support his argument that we do indeed share many traits with other animals.
Luckily, it turned out that there was a sub-area of biology devoted to doing just that, or nearly; it was called ethology, and that was where I chose to do my dissertation.
In her leisure time, she observed native birds and animals, making extensive notes and sketches, and read widely in the literature of zoology and ethology.