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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Beach's (1950) lament that comparative psychology is too focused on the laboratory rat would certainly not have applied to this early textbook of comparative psychology.
In this chapter, she addressed the challenges to comparative psychology and the empirical methods by which these challenges can be tackled.
Such bold statements would be much at home in more recent and much-criticized books on the animal mind that advance the perspective of cognitive ethology (such as those by Griffin, 1994, 2001); accordingly, they seem quite surprising for what was arguably the standard textbook for comparative psychology through four editions and at least three decades of the discipline's history.
The significance of the concept of emergence for comparative psychology.
Comparative psychology, a new perspective for the 21st century: Up the spiral staircase.
Symposium conducted at the meetings of the Southwestern Comparative Psychology Association in conjunction with the Southwestern Psychological Association, Fort Worth, Texas.
Both sorts of exercise are available here, and we strongly recommend the use of this book as an ancillary reader in undergraduate courses in ethology and comparative psychology.
The fourth part is a more systematic study of the comparative psychology of Paul Schiller and the impact that it has had on psychology.
Had it been published in English, his "Action" book (Schiller, 1947) would likely have been reed because Schiller was close to, and respected by, so many psychologists, such as Lashley, Beach, and Leonard Carmichael; it would have affected the developmental course of comparative psychology.
Although Schiller died in 1949 many aspects of his work are relevant to research in comparative psychology in the 1990s.
As befits his background, the comparative psychology of Paul Schiller is a creative blend of influences from Gestalt psychology, comparative psychology, European ethology, and other developments in psychology in both Europe and North America.
I summarize some of his research publications, emphasizing those aspects of Schiller's research that are most relevant to comparative psychology, the work done relatively late in his career, and that which is available in English.

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