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Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide Paperback – 23 Aug 2007
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'… clear, concise and always eminently sensible.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'… an excellent little book.' British Psychological Society Bulletin
'… destined to become a classic.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution
'The second edition can be recommended as a good introduction to the measurement and analysis of behaviour.' Ibis
…the third edition will appeal to wider readership, including many researchers who mainly carry out observational studies.' Ibis
This eagerly awaited updated and reorganised edition of the market leader in behavioural analysis is written with brevity and clarity, providing a concise review of methodology. An ideal text for undergraduate and graduate students in biology and psychology as well as scientists of all disciplines in which behaviour is measured.See all Product description
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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.