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Acción Psicológica     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Acta Colombiana de Psicología     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Acta Comportamentalia     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Acta de Investigación Psicológica     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Psychologica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Activités     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Actualidades en Psicologia     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ad verba Liberorum : Journal of Linguistics & Pedagogy & Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Addictive Behaviors Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
ADHD Report The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Advances in Experimental Social Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 49)
Advances in Mental Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 84)
Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Advances in Physiotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 63)
Advances in Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 66)
Advances in the Study of Behavior     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 36)
African Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Sport Facilitation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Aggression and Violent Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 469)
Aggressive Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44)
Ágora - studies in psychoanalytic theory     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Aletheia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Behavioral Scientist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
American Imago     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
American Journal of Applied Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 48)
American Journal of Community Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
American Journal of Health Behavior     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
American Journal of Psychoanalysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
American Journal of Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 37)
American Psychologist     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 234)
Anales de Psicología     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Análise Psicológica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Análisis y Modificación de Conducta     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Analitika : Jurnal Magister Psikologi Uma     Open Access  
Analysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Annual Review of Clinical Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 82)
Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 39)
Annual Review of Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 283)
Anuario de investigaciones (Facultad de Psicología. Universidad de Buenos Aires)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Anuario de Investigaciones de la Facultad de Psicología     Open Access  
Anuario de Psicología / The UB Journal of Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Anuario de Psicología Jurídica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Anuario Pilquen : Sección Divulgación Científica     Open Access  
Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Applied and Preventive Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Applied Cognitive Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 75)
Applied Neuropsychology : Adult     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 42)
Applied Neuropsychology : Child     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Applied Psycholinguistics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Applied Psychological Measurement     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Applied Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 198)
Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 55)
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Archive for the Psychology of Religion / Archiv für Religionspychologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Archives of Scientific Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Arquivos Brasileiros de Psicologia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Art Therapy Online     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Asia-Pacific Psychiatry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Asian American Journal of Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Asian Journal of Behavioural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Asian Journal of Business Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Assessment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Attention, Perception & Psychophysics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Australasian Journal of Organisational Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Australian Journal of Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Australian Psychologist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Autism Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44)
Autism Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 29)
Autism's Own     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Autism-Open Access     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Avaliação Psicológica     Open Access  
Avances en Psicologia Latinoamericana     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Balint Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Barbaroi     Open Access  
Basic and Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 42)
Behavior Analysis in Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Behavior Analyst     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Behavior Modification     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Behavior Research Methods     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Behavior Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52)
Behavioral Development Bulletin     Full-text available via subscription  
Behavioral Interventions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Behavioral Neuroscience     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 59)
Behavioral Sciences & the Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Behavioral Sleep Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Behaviormetrika     Hybrid Journal  
Behaviour     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Behaviour Change     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Behaviour Research and Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 173)
Behavioural Processes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Biofeedback     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
BioPsychoSocial Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
BMC Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Boletim Academia Paulista de Psicologia     Open Access  
Boletim de Psicologia     Open Access  
Brain Informatics     Open Access  
British Journal of Clinical Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 176)
British Journal of Developmental Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 40)
British Journal of Educational Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
British Journal of Health Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 48)
British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
British Journal of Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 65)
British Journal of Psychotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 68)
British Journal of Social Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 38)
Buletin Psikologi     Open Access  
Burnout Research     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Cadernos de psicanálise (Rio de Janeiro)     Open Access  
Cadernos de Psicologia Social do Trabalho     Open Access  
Cahiers d’Études sur la Représentation     Open Access  
Canadian Art Therapy Association     Hybrid Journal  
Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Canadian Psychology / Psychologie canadienne     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Castalia : Revista de Psicología de la Academia     Open Access  
Cendekia : Jurnal Kependidikan dan Kemasyarakatan     Open Access  
Child Development Perspectives     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Child Development Research     Open Access   (Followers: 18)
Ciencia Cognitiva     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ciencia e Interculturalidad     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ciências & Cognição     Open Access  
Ciencias Psicológicas     Open Access  
Clínica y Salud     Open Access  
Clinical Medicine Insights : Psychiatry     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health     Open Access  
Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Clinical Psychological Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Clinical Psychologist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 80)
Clinical Psychology and Special Education     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Clinical Psychology Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 47)
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Clocks & Sleep     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Coaching : Theorie & Praxis     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Coaching Psykologi - The Danish Journal of Coaching Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cogent Psychology     Open Access  
Cógito     Open Access  
Cognition & Emotion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Cognitive Neuropsychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Cognitive Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 73)
Cognitive Research : Principles and Implications     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Community Psychology in Global Perspective     Open Access  
Consciousness and Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Construção Psicopedagógica     Open Access  
Consulting Psychology Journal : Practice and Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Contagion : Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Contemporary Educational Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Contemporary School Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Contextos Clínicos     Open Access  
Counseling et spiritualité / Counselling and Spirituality     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Counseling Psychologist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research : Linking research with practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Counselling and Values     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Counselling Psychology Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Couple and Family Psychology : Research and Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Creativity Research Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Creativity. Theories ? Research ? Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Criminal Justice Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Cuadernos de Marte     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Neuropsicología     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuadernos de Psicologia del Deporte     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Psicopedagogía     Open Access  
Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Cultural-Historical Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Culturas Psi     Open Access  
Culture and Brain     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Current Addiction Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Current Directions In Psychological Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 65)
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Current Opinion in Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Current Psychological Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Current Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Current psychology letters     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Current Research in Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Decision     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Depression and Anxiety     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Depression Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Development and Psychopathology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience     Open Access   (Followers: 18)
Developmental Neuropsychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Developmental Psychobiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Developmental Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 48)

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Advances in the Study of Behavior
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Number of Followers: 36  
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  • Sexual selection and social context: Web-building spiders as emerging
           models for adaptive plasticity
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 March 2019Source: Advances in the Study of BehaviorAuthor(s): Maydianne C.B. Andrade Phenotypic plasticity is the ability of organisms with a given genotype to develop varied phenotypes under fluctuating environmental conditions. This chapter provides an overview of the conditions under which adaptive phenotypic plasticity is expected to evolve, and the challenge of conducting rigorous tests of hypotheses for such plasticity. It is argued that advances in the field may be facilitated by focusing on species in which some of the complexity of plastic responses is naturally simplified. Here, the focus is on assessing adaptive plasticity of male spiders in response to spatio-temporal heterogeneity in demographic variables that cause changes in the mode and intensity of sexual selection. For web-building spiders in the genera Argiope, Nephila, and Latrodectus, males rarely mate more than once due to sexual cannibalism, male genital mutilation, and arduous, risky mate searching, simplifying predictions about adaptive phenotypes. Population density, the proximity of mates and competitors, and the operational sex ratio may all be linked to variation in the importance of traits that confer advantages in the different episodes of selection that determine male fitness. These links are reviewed in the context of the biology of representative species in each genus. Experimental studies of adaptive plasticity demonstrate that there are robust associations between pheromone-mediated assessment of social context and male development and behavior. The utility of continued study of these spiders with an eye to comparative studies is emphasized.
  • Sexual selection in socially-structured, polyandrous populations: Some
           insights from the fowl
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 March 2019Source: Advances in the Study of BehaviorAuthor(s): Tommaso Pizzari, Grant C. McDonald Sexual selection is widely recognized as the evolutionary agent driving male exaggeration and strategies of intrasexual competition over reproductive opportunities. Two advances have characterized the development of our understanding of sexual selection in recent years. The first was the realization that sexual selection can extend to post-copulatory episodes whenever females mate with multiple males (polyandry). The second concerns the operation of sexual selection in structured population in light of increasing evidence that populations are often non-randomly assembled. Populations of domestic fowl (Gallus domesticus) and red junglefowl (Gallus gallus), which are typically socially-structured and polyandrous, have offered a convenient vertebrate model system to study patterns and mechanisms of sexual selection, providing a helpful counterpoint to studies of socially monogamous systems. Here, we review our understanding of the way sexual selection operates in these populations, with emphasis on recent work focusing on the interrelated implications of polyandry and social structure.
  • The troublesome gift: The spermatophylax as a purveyor of sexual conflict
           and coercion in crickets
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 February 2019Source: Advances in the Study of BehaviorAuthor(s): S.K. Sakaluk, K.R. Duffield, J. Rapkin, B.M. Sadd, J. Hunt Nuptial food gifts are an integral feature of the mating systems of a wide variety of insects. A pervasive feature of the majority of these gifts is that they afford the male direct access to the female's physiology. Although in some cases such gifts may represent a form of nutritional investment in females, an alternative hypothesis posits that nuptial food gifts may allow males to manipulate female physiology in favor of male interests. This hypothesis predicts that the chemical composition of nuptial food gifts should be driven by a sexual conflict over offspring paternity.We evaluate this hypothesis by reviewing our accumulated studies on decorated crickets, Gryllodes sigillatus, a species that has illuminated key elements of this evolutionary arms race. Here, nuptial food gifts take the form of a spermatophylax, a gelatinous mass forming part of the male's spermatophore and consumed by the female after mating. We first review the evidence for the two principal sexual conflicts arising from the provision of the spermatophylax: (i) a sexual conflict over female acceptance of gifts, and (ii) a conflict over female remating that appears to be mediated by refractory-inducing substances contained in gifts. We then consider the mechanisms by which these conflicts are mediated, focusing specifically on: (i) multivariate selection analyses of the free amino acid composition of the spermatophylax; (ii) proteomic studies identifying candidate proteins that alter female behavior; and (iii) comparative transcriptomic studies showing how gene expression is altered through nuptial feeding.
  • Conformity and over-imitation: An integrative review of variant forms of
           hyper-reliance on social learning
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 January 2019Source: Advances in the Study of BehaviorAuthor(s): Andrew Whiten Variant forms of conformity and over-imitation have become prominent in the research literatures on the transmission of culture, because each displays particularly high levels of reliance on social learning, potentially much strengthening the fidelity and longevity of traditions. Despite this apparent similarity, the literatures on conformity and over-imitation have rarely cross-referenced each other. The objective of the present review is to rectify this theoretical lacuna, considering in depth both what the two processes share and how they differ. Conformity, originally in the literature on social influence and human culture but addressed increasingly in animal studies, has been dissected into a number of forms distinguished in this review, but most commonly has referred to a disposition to copy majority behaviors in an individual's group or other relevant population. Over-imitation, by contrast, refers to an individual's disposition to copy visibly causally irrelevant components of action sequences even when performed by a single individual. In this review I compare and contrast these two processes, distinguishing a suite of functional and causal factors to explain their occurrence and adaptive significance. Functions appear to span informational, relationship-building and normative contexts. These analyses form a foundation on which to consider why forms of conformity appear increasingly to be widespread in the animal kingdom, whereas over-imitation appears a disposition universal in human cultures yet minimal or absent in non-human animals tested in similar contexts.
  • Cowbird cognition: Examinations of the mental skills of a brood parasite
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 January 2019Source: Advances in the Study of BehaviorAuthor(s): David J. White Modern research in animal cognition considers cognitive skills to be modular processes evolved in response to species' specific ecological demands. Female brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater) like other brood parasites experience a distinct cognitive challenge borne of their breeding biology; they must locate and select viable nests for their offspring. Here I review the information processing capabilities female cowbirds display that afford them the ability to parasitize hosts effectively. I manipulate artificial host eggs in nests and measure female cowbirds' prospecting and laying patterns while they live and breed in large outdoor aviaries. These experiments have revealed that cowbirds track a variety of types of information acquired during prospecting that permits them to evaluate nests, time parasitism effectively, and to copy the nest selection decisions of other females. Recent work has extended these findings to examine individual differences in cognitive skills among female cowbirds, and how these skills generalize to different problem-solving tasks and contexts. The cowbird system serves as an effective system to investigate the mechanisms and function of cognition using an ecologically relevant task directly linked to fitness.
  • Chapter Six - The Functions of Female Calls in Birds
    • Abstract: Publication date: 2018Source: Advances in the Study of Behavior, Volume 50Author(s): Mathieu Amy, Pauline Salvin, Gérard Leboucher Birds’ vocalizations commonly are categorized in two types: songs and calls. Yet, the study of avian vocalizations is male-biased and most of research to date has focused on male song. Even though female song is of growing interest in recent years, studies on female-specific calls or female-typical calls are scattered and various hypotheses have been suggested about their functions. We here review the main hypotheses regarding the functions of female-specific or female-typical calls in birds, outline the main predictions arising from these hypotheses, and describe descriptive and experimental studies supporting them. Most hypotheses to explain female call function are not mutually exclusive; a single call may serve multiple functions at a given time or at different stages of the reproductive cycle. No hypothesis alone seems like it can explain the diversity of the female calls across species. This diversity in function of female calls probably results from a diversity of evolutionary pressures, beyond that of sexual selection alone. Of particular interest for future work will be experimental approaches on the breeder-need hypothesis, the self-stimulation hypothesis, and the species/mother recognition hypothesis. Our understanding of the functions of female calls will also be aided by attention to mechanisms underlying their utterance, with attention to topics such as neuroendocrine mechanisms, ontogenetic processes, the redundancy of calls with other signals, and variation in calls between and within individuals.
  • Chapter Five - Tooling
    • Abstract: Publication date: 2018Source: Advances in the Study of Behavior, Volume 50Author(s): Dorothy M. Fragaszy, Madhur Mangalam Animals (including humans) use objects to solve problems or accomplish goals in diverse ways. Sometimes while doing so they achieve a mechanical effect on a target object or surface with a grasped object. We call this class of behavior “tooling,” to signal a shift toward understanding this behavior by reference to action rather than by reference to an object (tool). We introduce a theory of tooling in keeping with ethology's integrative approach to behavior. The theory integrates three major intellectual approaches to movement: Gibsonian perception–action theory, spatial cognition, and movement science. The integration leads to a unified understanding of tooling in relation to organismic resources for perception and action, requirements for relating objects and surfaces in space, and constraints on movement. Our great hope is that this effort will bring tooling into ethology (i.e., will provide a means to understand tooling at the levels of mechanism, function, development, and evolution), thus placing tooling squarely within biology.
  • Chapter Four - Linking Sociality to Fitness in Primates: A Call for
    • Abstract: Publication date: 2018Source: Advances in the Study of Behavior, Volume 50Author(s): Julia Ostner, Oliver Schülke Within-group variation in sociality has been linked to correlates of fitness across vertebrates. Individuals that form strong social bonds with a few partners, or are well integrated into a larger social network, enjoy higher reproductive rates and survival. Less evidence is available on the mediating mechanism(s). Identifying the underlying socioecological mechanisms is crucial for enabling informed predictions about the specific aspect of sociality likely to be selected in a given environment. Here, we first (i) describe measures of within-group sociality, (ii) review existing evidence on the sociality–fitness link in mammals, focusing on studies on wild nonhuman primates, and (iii) discuss potential mechanisms mediating this link. We then (iv) explore these issues in more detail, drawing on our long-term study of wild Assamese macaques (Macaca assamensis) at Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand, where we are working toward a comprehensive analysis of the fitness correlates of sociality and the underlying mechanisms that drive affiliative relationships. Using data from several study groups, combined with spatially explicit group-scan data, energy intake data, and genetic analyses of paternity, we show that female–female, female–male, and male–male relationships are similar in kind but may function in different ways. Thus, relationships that form within each sex and between the sexes need to be tackled separately before this knowledge is integrated into a broader general picture. We conclude by providing recommendations for future studies.
  • Chapter Three - Developmental Programming via Activation of the
           Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal Axis: A New Role for Acoustic Stimuli
           in Shaping Behavior'
    • Abstract: Publication date: 2018Source: Advances in the Study of Behavior, Volume 50Author(s): Karen A. Spencer, Jeroen Minderman It has become increasingly evident that the conditions experienced during the prenatal period can have fundamental effects on a range of phenotypic traits that can persist into later developmental and adulthood stages. Indeed, prenatal environments can influence many behavioral strategies adopted by animals in postnatal life. There has been a great debate over the adaptive significance of this phenomenon of “developmental programming”; whether this represents a maternal strategy to maximize offspring survival under matching later conditions, or the effects merely reflect constraints placed on physiological systems. In this review, we will highlight the importance of prenatal conditions in shaping behavior in later life history stages, with a particular focus on the role of acoustic stimuli and the role of endocrine systems (the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal [HPA] axis) in mediating sustained programmed effects. While there is a great body of literature investigating several developmental factors that can cause long-term phenotypic effects, much less attention has been paid to the effects of sounds experienced during this developmental stage. However, there is a growing interest in this area, particularly in oviparous organisms. While we take a comparative approach here, much of the evidence will focus on avian species, due to the literature available for this taxa and the utility of external embryonic development when studying the embryonic responses to external stimuli. We will also highlight the important role that acoustic stimuli during development can have on later behaviors, and show the potential links between sound detection and activation of the HPA axis. Finally, we propose a novel hypothesis that the acoustic environment during prenatal development may program the HPA axis in such a way as to create phenotypes that cope better in certain environments in later life, and that acoustic signals could be a way of altering trajectories already put in place by maternal effects acting on the egg.
  • Chapter Two - Olfaction in the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata): What Is
           Known and Further Perspectives
    • Abstract: Publication date: 2018Source: Advances in the Study of Behavior, Volume 50Author(s): E. Tobias Krause, Hans-Joachim Bischof, Kathrin Engel, Sarah Golüke, Öncü Maraci, Uwe Mayer, Jan Sauer, Barbara A. Caspers We here review the role of olfaction in the Zebra Finch, a key avian model species. We summarize the use of olfaction in social communication and in nonsocial contexts; its impact in addition to other senses throughout life; and how olfaction is involved in kin recognition, mate choice, and inbreeding avoidance. Afterward we explore the mechanisms of the olfactory signal and potential ways of signal production. We review olfactory signal production in avian species, the influences from the genome, and potential impact of skin microbes on scent production. This is followed by a paragraph on the perception and processing of the olfactory signal, from olfactory receptor genes, the olfactory bulb to the neural pathways in the songbird brain. Finally, we summarize several methods to examine olfaction in Zebra Finches on both, the behavioral level as well as on the chemical structural level. Based on the reviewed contents, we provide an outlook to future directions of each of the research fields to gather a further understanding of the use and the function as well as of the underlying mechanisms of olfaction in the Zebra Finch.
  • Chapter One - On the Origins of Adaptive Behavioral Complexity:
           Developmental Channeling of Structural Trade-offs
    • Abstract: Publication date: 2018Source: Advances in the Study of Behavior, Volume 50Author(s): Renée A. Duckworth, Ahva L. Potticary, Alexander V. Badyaev Behavioral strategies combine an organism's genetic, physiological, and neurological systems into closely integrated complexes that nevertheless retain substantial environmental contingency in their expression. How does environmentally contingent and coordinated expression of behaviors evolve' While the fitness consequences of behavioral coexpression are often hypothesized to be the driving force behind the evolution of behavioral strategies, this assumes the components that comprise a strategy are ontogenetically independent. Here, we argue that because the components’ coexpression at a preceding developmental stage can delineate the range of subsequent behavioral associations, correlations among behaviors can arise through developmental linkages of behavioral components independently of their eventual fitness consequences. To distinguish this explanation from the conventional explanation of behavioral correlations arising through stabilizing selection, we need to know the mechanistic bases of behavioral associations. We propose that the basic components of behavioral strategies can arise from neural trade-offs early in development. We review evidence for this idea from recent work on the neuroanatomical basis of personality variation in humans and other animals and from studies of design principles of neural network formation. We show that some behavioral associations arise not because selection favors the association per se, but because energetic and space constraints of the brain channel developmental variation into repeatable pathways that produce predictable behavioral variation across taxa. We suggest that such developmental channeling of behavioral elements should greatly facilitate adaptive evolution in complex behavioral strategies and illustrate this with evolution of dispersal strategies.
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