Advances in the Study of Behavior

Book description

Advances in the Study of Behavior, Volume 51, provides users with the latest insights in this ever-evolving field. Users will find new information on a variety of species, including The troublesome gift: the spermatophylax as a purveyor of sexual conflict and coercion, Conformity and over-imitation: an integrative review of two forms of hyper-reliance on social learning, Copulatory behavior and genital morphology in vertebrates, Sexual selection in polyandrous societies: Lessons from the fowl, Sensory information in social insects, Evolution of female coloration, what have we learned from birds in general and blue tits in particular, Sexual selection and social behavior in spiders, and more.



  • Serves the increasing number of scientists engaged in the study of animal behavior
  • Makes another important contribution to the development of the field
  • Presents theoretical ideas and research to those studying animal behavior and related fields

Table of contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Contributors
  6. Preface
  7. Chapter One: The troublesome gift: The spermatophylax as a purveyor of sexual conflict and coercion in crickets
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 What are nuptial food gifts?
    3. 2 The cricket spermatophylax
    4. 3 Sexual conflict over female acceptance of the gift
    5. 4 Sexual conflict over female remating
    6. 5 The cost of producing a spermatophylax
    7. 6 Origin of nuptial food gifts
    8. 7 Resolving the conflict over sexual conflict
    9. Acknowledgments
  8. Chapter Two: Conformity and over-imitation: An integrative review of variant forms of hyper-reliance on social learning
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Conformity
    4. 3 Over-imitation
    5. 4 Over-imitation and conformity: Compare and contrast
    6. 5 Concluding remarks
    7. Acknowledgments
  9. Chapter Three: Sexual selection in socially-structured, polyandrous populations: Some insights from the fowl
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Pre-copulatory sexual selection
    4. 3 Drivers of polyandry
    5. 4 Post-copulatory sexual selection
    6. 5 The impact of polyandry on sexual selection
    7. 6 Concluding remarks
    8. Acknowledgments
  10. Chapter Four: Cowbird cognition: Examinations of the mental skills of a brood parasite
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Historical antecedents
    3. 2 The case for evolution of cognition in cowbirds
    4. 3 Experiments on nest selection: A two-phase design
    5. 4 Egg size, color, and pattern discrimination
    6. 5 Numerical competence
    7. 6 Timing
    8. 7 Putting it all together: Episodic memory
    9. 8 Age and experience effects on cognition
    10. 9 Nest prospecting and social cognition
    11. 10 Adaptive specialization or general cognitive skill?
    12. 11 Summary
    13. Acknowledgments
  11. Chapter Five: Sexual selection and social context: Web-building spiders as emerging models for adaptive plasticity
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Variable sexual selection linked to social context
    4. 3 Sexual selection and social context in (some) web-building spiders
    5. 4 Tests of adaptive plasticity in Nephila, Argiope, and Latrodectus spiders
    6. 5 Adaptive plasticity: Where are we now?
    7. Acknowledgments

Product information

  • Title: Advances in the Study of Behavior
  • Author(s): Marc Naguib
  • Release date: March 2019
  • Publisher(s): Academic Press
  • ISBN: 9780128171257