From animals to humans

  • Robert A. Hinde


As a DPhil student at Oxford I was doubly fortunate. First, my research supervisor, David Lack, gently accepted that I was not motivated to work on the subject he had intended for me — a comparative study of the feeding ecology of crows — and, while giving me a great deal of help, guidance and stimulation, allowed me to do what I wanted to, a study of behaviour. Second, Niko Tinbergen arrived in Oxford and, not yet firmly established in new research projects, had time to talk with me and teach me. This had a profound influence on me, and has coloured my research ever since. Later we started to write a book together, and one of my greatest regrets is that other demands forced him to forgo authorship: it was a loss both to me and to the enterprise. Re-reading, for the purpose of this essay, some of his papers on the applications of ethology to human behaviour, I find that many ideas that have now become widely accepted, including some that until now I thought were my own, were there already.


Human Behaviour Group Aggression Research Supervisor Group Territorialism Great Regret 
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  • Robert A. Hinde
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of CambridgeUK

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