Early Experience and the Development of Social Behaviour in Junglefowl,
GRONINGEN RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT (NETHERLANDS) ZOOLOGICAL LAB
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The paper presents some results of studies on the influence of early social experience on the adult reproductive behaviour of Burmese Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus spadiceus, an ancestor of the common domestic fowl. It will become clear that by depriving chicks of social experience early in their life, one can produce abnormalities in their later behaviour, which - purely descriptively - remind of abnormal behaviour that has been described for man. The relevance of ontogenetic animal studies for an understanding of human behaviour is rather that the ethologist, like the psychiatrist is interested in similar questions for example, both want to gain a better understanding of the causation of abnormal and normal behaviour in the development of an individual. It is the conceptual framework behind these questions and the methods of analysis used in animal studies that might ultimately be useful for the psychiatrist in his attempts to understand the undoubtedly much more complex problems posed by human behaviour.
- Anatomy and Physiology