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Glossary Behavior (Social Interactions)

Glossary Behavior (Social Interactions)

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SocialInteractions
Behavioral Ecology
animal behavior 
Coordinated activities thatanimals carry out in response tostimuli.
communicationsignal
Information-laden cue directed byone member of a species toanother. May be chemical, visual,acoustic, or tactile.
hormone
Type of signaling molecule usedin cell-tocell communication. Inanimals, a secretory product of anendocrine gland, endocrine cell,or certain neurons. In plants, asecretory product of cells inprimary shoots or roots.
imprinting
Learning that occurs during asensitive period for a younganimal, triggered by exposure to asimple stimulus.
inclusivefitness
Genetic contribution to the nextgeneration by an individual and itsclose relatives.
instinctivebehavior 
Any behavior that an animalperforms without having firstlearned it through experience.
learnedbehavior 
Behavior that is modified as aresult of experience or practice.
naturalselection
Microevolutionary process; theoutcome of differences in survivaland reproduction amongindividuals that differ in the detailsof their heritable traits.
oxytocin
Posterior pituitary hormone;induces lactation and shrinkage of 

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