Introduction to Special Section on Primate Neurothology
September 2011 saw the American Society of Primatologists descend on Austin, Texas for their annual meeting. This issue of the American Journal of Primatology includes multiple research articles resulting from a "Primate Neuroethology" symposium. Neuroethology is an approach to understanding animal behavior that focuses on the underlying neural mechanisms of control. This approach can address all four of Tinbergen's questions—causation, development, evolution, and function of behavior [Tinbergen, 1963]. Neuroethologists seek to understand naturalistic behavior of animals in terms of the neural circuitry involved. While neurobiologists have long studied primate neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and primatologists have long studied primate behavior, until recently there has been little attempt to integrate these two approaches in a deliberate manner.
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Phillips, K.A. (2013). Introduction to special section on primate neuroethology. American Journal of Primatology, 75(5), 405-406. doi:10.1002/ajp.22131
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