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Animal Behaviors

The term instinct is commonly thought of as describing behavior that is pre-programmed and requires no thought. An instinctive response happens automatically and is the same across all individuals of a species. While this seems like a clearly defined category, not all behavior is so cut and dry. Many behaviors have both genetically pre-programmed and learned aspects. The degree to which certain behaviors, especially in humans, are pre-determined is often a subject of intense debate. Whether the behavioral response to a given stimulus is learned, genetic, or both is the subject of study in the field of behavioral genetics. (source).

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3:57 Why we study animal behavior

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  • Science & Engineering Practice: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Cause and Effect: Mechanisms and explanations.

Emphasize HS-LS2-8  Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce

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