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Behavior Modification Programs Training courses that use rewards and reprimands to help change a behavior.
Behaviorism An ethological approach that says behavior is learned rather than genetically programmed.
What is it called when a cat stops using the litter box? Breaking litter box training.
Classical Conditioning Conditioned learning that associates stimuli occurring at approximately the same time or in the same area.
Classical Ethology The ethological approach which says that much of what animals know is instinctive.
Conditioned Stimulus "Conditioned" is something that we have to learn. When a signal (like the bell) is given before another signal (the food) and a response is given (drooling).
Ethology The study of animal behavior.
Habituation The process of learning that certain objects and events have little effect on survival and can, as a result, be ignored.
What is it called when an animal has started urinating or defecating in your home? House soiling.
Imprinting Things that carry an affect on the very young.
Instinct Unlearned responses in various species.
Instrumental learning Learning by trial and error.
Nature-Nurture Controversy Classical Ethology - (Nature) says animal behavior is primarily instinctive. Animal Psychology (Nurture) says animal behavior is primarily learned.
Operant Conditioning This type of conditioning teaches that a certain activity (the operant) will result in either a punishment or a reward.
Operant The activity that will get the effect.
What is it called after something gives birth to their offspring? Postparturition
What is the early stage of an animals life called when the imprinting occurs? Sensitive Period
What is the way in which individual members of the same species interact called? Social Behavior
Sociobiology The study of biological bases of social behavior.
What is it called when a cat backs up against a wall to urinate (usually on walls)? Spraying
Stimulus-Response Theory This is the thought that all forms of behavior, including emotions, thoughts, and habits, are muscular and glandular responses that can be observed and measured.
What is it called when an animal is defensive about his areas of sleep, eat, play, and exercise? Territorial
Unconditioned Response This is just a simple reflex.
Unconditioned Stimulus Simply a signal that produces a reflex behavior. i.e. You smell food and you are then hungry.
Wobble This is used with birds usually when they are biting. You drop your hand abruptly so that they will become a bit disoriented and stop biting.
Created by: tristanichole