Article

Celebrating Tinbergen's influence on human ethology (Letter from the Editor)

Citation

Roberts SC (2013) Celebrating Tinbergen's influence on human ethology (Letter from the Editor). Human Ethology Bulletin, 28 (4), pp. 1-2. http://media.anthro.univie.ac.at/ishe_journal/index.php/heb/article/view/97/66

Abstract
First paragraph: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Tinbergen's (1963) paper "On aims and methods of Ethology". The paper, dedicated to Konrad Lorenz on his 60th birthday, presented a very personal, and perhaps therefore, particularly insightful, view of Tinbergen's thinking about the field of ethology as a whole - its "nature", in his words. In so doing, he constructed a simple, but hugely influential, framework within which a rich diversity of methodological and theoretical approaches could be seen as essential components of a larger enterprise - a comprehensive, integrated understanding of an animal's behavior. As is now well-known, his view of ethology, "the biological study of behavior", incorporated four interconnected strands - what causes a behavior, how does it develop, what is its functional signifcance, and how did it evolve.

Journal
Human Ethology Bulletin: Volume 28, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2013
PublisherThe International Society for Human Ethology
Publisher URLhttp://media.anthro.univie.ac.at/…ticle/view/97/66
ISSN2224-4476