With more emphasis than usual on the behavior of vertebrates and primates (although the author still includes classic bird and insect studies) the book examines how wild animals live, survive, and reproduce in their natural, wild habitats. This unique approach is presented in a straightforward manner without jargon, ensuring that students find the text informative and entertaining. Well-placed examples and explanations provide students with further opportunity to understand the application of the concepts.
text for psych majors, November 27, 2000
I have taught a college-level Animal Behavior class for 15 years. Because I teach in a Psych Dept, not a Bio Dept, I have always had trouble finding a text that my students could easily relate to. I am now going to switch to this text. Yes, it is presented at a very easy, accessable level: there are no detailed charts or diagrams or in-depth analyses, and it is HALF the length of my current text. But compared to other texts, it covers more mammals (fewer invertebrates) and has an entire section devoted to primates- including a chapter on evolutionary psychology. I have found that Psych students, most of whom want to go into counseling of some sort and have never had an Intro Bio class, have no proper background for the more advanced texts and are intimidated by them. I believe this text will attract more students who are otherwise scared of science; I would rather have them take the class than not take it! I can always supplement in the classroom. Furthermore, I do not agree with the other reviewer that the author contradicts himself or that he makes mistakes.