Cause and Function in the Development of Behavior Systems

  • Jerry A. Hogan
Part of the Handbook of Behavioral Neurobiology book series (HBNE, volume 9)


The purpose of this chapter is to present a general framework for studying the development of behavior. Kruijt (1964) proposed that, in young animals, the motor components of behavior often function as independent units, and that only later, often after specific experience, do these motor components become integrated into more complex systems, such as hunger, aggression, and sex. The thesis to be defended here is a generalization of this proposal: The building blocks of behavior are various kinds of perceptual, motor, and central components, all of which can exist independently. The study of development is primarily the study of changes in these components themselves and in the connections among them.


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  • Jerry A. Hogan
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  1. 1.Zoology LaboratoryUniversity of GroningenA.A. HarenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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