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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars perfect starter,
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This review is from: Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide (Paperback)This was a brilliantly written book, it gives clear and concise information on the various methods behind measuring animal behaviour. I am an animal science student and used this book to plan and write my thesis. I would advise it as a must buy or anyone starting out in the study of animal behaviour, or merely has an interest in the subject as the book is not too long and tells you what you need to know without baffling you with scientific "lingo".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for behaviour students,
This edition is more streamlined and is cut down a lot from the previous one (the extra is still available online) and provides a complete guide to designing proper behavioural studies. Every behaviour should read this, learn it and use it! (A Lecturer talking...)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners - like me.,
This review is from: Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide (Paperback)I needed this book in order to write an essay. I could not source it from local library or college library. I was nearing the end of my assignment when the book arrived, although the seller had despatched it very quickly. Suddenly everything became very clear, if only I had read this book first. Very useful diagrams which explain things clearly. I will be using this book again for revision and for another course which I will be studying - Research methods.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great,
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant,
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introductory book,
4.0 out of 5 stars Overview of standards and techniques of behaviour measurement in scientific research,
Overview of the behaviour sciences
Sampling and recording methods (e.g. ad libitum, one-zero, etc.)
Testing measure reliability and validity
Assessing research design
Specific aspects (e.g. bout length, sequences, dyadic exchanges, etc.)
Interpreting and presenting findings
A must-have if you are contemplating a scientific career on dog behaviour. Otherwise, leave it well alone: the target audience is firmly academic.
If you're studying ethology, it's likely a compulsory read for your college. And rightly so! What the book lacks in depth (it's just 170 pages), it makes up in breadth: taking you through a wide sweep at all essential topics for measuring behaviour.
Unless you're a first year Psych/Ethology student, you'll be familiar with most of the concepts, but it serves as a wonderful, concise, refresher of the fundamentals. A couple of paragraphs gave me the clearest explanations I'd ever read: e.g. four questions of ethology, sampling vs. recording methods, the interrelated behaviour sciences, etc. The list of annotated references also offers a great tool if you wanted to dig deeper.
I do have an ax to grind though: every topic in the statistics section was soooo superficial. It barely covered some topics at conceptual level. I also found the chapter on findings presentation so superficial as to make the inclusion/exclusion of particular points look haphazard. I would have done away with that chapter altogether, as it doesn't gel tightly with the book's core objective anyway.
So, verdict time: I love that it is succinct, I hate that it is succinct... A classic all the same.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for exams,
This review is from: Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide (Paperback)For Degree work, I used this a lot,
A great book to learn from - for measuring horses behaviour, some graph work, and some maths to go with it.
Easy to understand..A must for Horse Science in Behavoiur
5.0 out of 5 stars Little book that's BIG on Animal Behaviour! :-),
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Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide by Patrick Bateson (Paperback - 22 April 1993)
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