Comparative psychological aspects of ontogenetic development of behavior: A review of experimental studies



One of the most interesting unsolved problems in cognitive ethology studies is associated with the interaction of hereditarily determined behavioral patterns and the skills based on individual and social experience, and with the ability to apply the results of this interaction to new situations. Human intellect may be characterized by outstanding versatility. Representatives of different animal species exhibit extremely complex forms of cognitive activity, but within very narrow domains. Cognitive behavior is based on a set of features, which include species-specific filtering of stimuli, innate tendency to form certain associative links and prohibit the formation of other, genetically determined set of stereotypes, early experience. Speciesspecific limitations shape specialized cognitive development in different species, including humans.

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Keywords: cognitive ethology, comparative psychology, behavioral patterns, training, predisposition, ontogeny of behavior, early experience, imprinting

Journal rubric: Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Reznikova J.I. Comparative psychological aspects of ontogenetic development of behavior: A review of experimental studies. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2015. Vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 77–104. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2015080207. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Janna I. Reznikova, Doctor of Biology, Professor, Senior Research Associate, Institute of Animal Systematics and Ecology, SB RAS, Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia, e-mail:



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