Development of Instinctive Behavior

An Epigenetic and Ecological Approach
  • David B. Miller
Part of the Handbook of Behavioral Neurobiology book series (HBNE, volume 9)


In 1966, the comparative psychologist T. C. Schneirla wrote that “behavioral ontogenesis is the backbone of comparative psychology” (p. 284). An accurate comprehension of other aspects of behavior (e.g., behavioral evolution, behavioral genetics, and social psychology) depends on understanding how behavior develops within the individual organism. According to Schneirla, shortcomings in the study of behavioral development will inevitably handicap other lines of investigation. Thus, if Schneirla was correct (and I shall adopt the position that he was), we must appreciate how behavior develops and must also be able to assess the soundness of the developmental data base, both conceptually and methodologically.


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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