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neuroethologyNeuroethologie (ger.)

  • The study of the neural basis of animal behaviour. (OED)

    The most common means of activation for neuroethology at the present time is the electrical stimulation of circumscribed small areas of the brain.

    Brown, J.L. & Hunsperger, R.W. (1963). Neuroethology and the motivation of agonistic behavior. Anim. Behav. 11, 439-48: 439.


    The greatest progress in neuroethology has been made by examining specialist species, organisms such as bats and owls whose behaviour, sensory structures and neural wiring have evolved to tackle one principal task.

    Gould, J.L. (1987). [Rev. Bullock, T.H. (1986). Electroreception]. Nature 327, 25.


    Electrocommunication in mormyrid fish from African freshwaters is a challenging research field in neuroethology.

    Scheffel, A. & Kramer, B. (2000). Electric Signals in the Social Behaviour of Sympatric Elephantfish (Mormyridae, Teleostei) from the Upper Zambezi River. Naturwissenschaften 87, 142-7: 142.