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VTech Behavior

Vet Tech Behavior Terms

What are Behavior Modification Programs? Training courses that use rewards and reprimands to stimulate changes in behavior
What is Behaviorism? Ethological approach that states behavior is learned rather than genetically programmed
What is Classical Conditioning? Type of conditioned learning that associates stimuli occurring at approximately the same time or in roughly the same area for example, bell rings when food is brought
What is Classical Ethology? Ethological approach asserting that much of what animals know is instinctive or innate
What is a Conditioned Stimulus? Sensory input unrelated to a simple reflex behavior, for example, the dogs mouth waters to the sound of a bell
What is a Dance? Complex pattern of movements performed by a bee that directs other bees to a food source
What is Ethology? Study of Animal Behavior
What is Evolution? Scientific theory that charactorizes all related organisms as descended from common ancestors
What are Fixed Action Patterns? Term used by early ethologists to describe stereotypical or predictable behaviors of a species
What does Function mean in Ethological terms? Survival Value
What is Habituation? Process of learning that certain objects and events have little bearing on survival and can be ignored
What is House Soiling? Urinating or Defecating inside the home
What is Imprinting? Acquisition in the very young of certain fixed action patterns
What is meant by the term Innate? Instinctive
What is Instinct? Complex of unlearned responses charactoristic of a species
What is Instrumental Learning? Learning by trial and error
What is Natural Selection? Process that awards survival and reproductive success to individuals and groups best adjusted to their environment
What are Naturalists? Natural Scientists
What is the Nature-Nurture Controversy? Classical ethology views animal behavior as primarily instinctive where as animal psychology views animal behavior as primarily learned
What is Operant Conditioning? Type of conditional learning that associates a certain activity, known as the operant, with punishment or reward
What is an Operant? Functioning or tending to produce effects
What is Postparturition? Period after giving birth to offspring
What is Recognition of Individuals? Process that allows animals to distinguish their place in a social context broader then their relationship with primary caregivers
What is the Sensitive Period? Specific stage early in an animals life when imprinting occurs
What is Social Behavior? Ways individual members of the same species interact with one another
What is Socialization? Process of adapting to contact with others
What is Sociobiology? Study of the biological bases of social behavior
What is Spraying? Staining vertical surfaces with a strong smelling urine
What is the Stimulus Response Theory? All complex forms of behavior (including emotions, thoughts, and habits) are complex muscular and glandular responses that can be observed and measured
What does Territorial mean? Prone to defining and defending areas of sleep, eating, exercising and play
What is an Unconditioned Response? A simple reflex behavior
What is an Unconditioned Stimulus? Sensory input that produces a simple reflex behavior
What is meant by the term Wobble? Training maneuver designed to disorient a bird by abruptly dropping the hand its perched upon
Created by: Misty Lynn



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