comparative psychology

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com·par·a·tive psy·chol·o·gy

a branch of psychology concerned with the study and comparison of the behavior of organisms at different levels of phylogenic development to discover developmental trends.

comparative psychology

1 the study of human behavior as it relates to, or differs from, animal behavior.
2 the study of the psychological and behavioral differences among various peoples.
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Meanwhile, comparative psychologists argued that certain, more flexible types of behavior could not be explained without acknowledging that animals possess complex mechanisms to problem-solve in new situations, ones in which they have not been explicitly trained.
Conventional wisdom would say that [people] train dogs to do this," explains Michael Tomasello, a comparative psychologist at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany.
For example, a deliberate decision to exclude a general theoretical framework in which to interpret the data will mean that an academic (behavioral ecologists, ethologists, comparative psychologists, etc.
According to a report by BBC News, the study was carried out by Matthew Anderson and Sarah Williams, who are comparative psychologists based at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, US.

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