Ethology and the Natural History of Learning

  • J. L. Gould
  • P. Marler
Part of the Dahlem Workshop Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 29)


In the past there has been a tendency for many ethologists to dismiss laboratory studies of learning as unnatural and irrelevant, while many students of animal learning have seen little relevance in the ethological work on the innate bases of behavior. We argue and, in a preliminary way, attempt to demonstrate that a selective synthesis of these two disciplines offers a potentially powerful perspective on learning and suggests comprehensive and testable hypotheses about the mechanisms, organization, and evolution of learning in animals under natural conditions.


Associative Learning Feature Detector Motor Program Alarm Call Sign Stimulus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Gould
    • 1
  • P. Marler
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of BiologyPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Rockefeller University Field Research CenterMillbrookUSA

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