Animal Biology , Vol. 55, No. 4, pp. 371-398 (2005) Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2005. Also available online - www.brill.nl The development of behaviour: trends since Tinbergen (1963) JERRY A. HOGAN 1 , ∗ , JOHAN J. BOLHUIS 2 1 Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada M5S 3G3 2 Behavioural Biology, Utrecht University, Padualaan 14, P.O. Box 80086, 3508 TB Utrecht, The Netherlands Abstract —Niko Tinbergen (1963) put behavioural development on the map as one of the four main problems in behavioural biology. Developmental research at the time was still in the grip of the nature/nurture debate. In his discussion, Tinbergen advocated an interactionist approach to development, which has been the main point of view in developmental research since then. In this paper, we review research in a number of different areas, including imprinting, song learning, motivational systems, human language, and attachment. It has become clear that sensitive periods are important in all these areas, and that some aspects of development are generally irreversible; but these phenomena are not as rigid as was thought previously. Similarly, predispositions, or biases, play an important role in perceptual development, but here too there is much more flexibility than
Animal Biology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
Keywords: MOTIVATIONAL SYSTEMS; LANGUAGE; ATTACHMENT; SONG LEARNING; BEHAVIOURAL DEVELOPMENT; IMPRINTING
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