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Volume 12 Supplement 1

New Perspectives in Behavioural Development: Adaptive Shaping of Behaviour over a Lifetime?

Proceedings

Edited by Fritz Trillmich, Norbert Sachser, Caroline Müller and Klaus Reinhold

Publication charges for this collection were funded by the German Research Foundation (FOR 1232) and the Open Access Publication Fund of Bielefeld and Munster University. Articles originate from the workshop 'New Perspectives in Behavioural Development: Adaptive Shaping of Behaviour over a Lifetime?' and have undergone the journal's standard peer review process for supplements. The Supplement Editors declare they have no competing interests.

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Bielefeld, Germany29 September - 1 October 2014

Figure Caption: Images capture and convey perspectives without the shroud of semantics that may limit their understanding. Depicted are three fused Klein bottles. This boundary-free topology illustrates the continuous nature of genes, environment, and development as proposed by Hogben. Figure courtesy of Jos Leys. See article by Crews et al., article S21 in this supplement.

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  1. Content type: Review

    Behaviors are highly plastic and one aspect of this plasticity is behavioral changes over age. The presence of age-related plasticity in behavior opens up the possibility of between-individual variation in age...

    Authors: Jon E Brommer and Barbara Class

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2015 12(Suppl 1):S2

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  2. Content type: Review

    Development in many organisms appears to show evidence of sensitive windows—periods or stages in ontogeny in which individual experience has a particularly strong influence on the phenotype (compared to other ...

    Authors: Tim W Fawcett and Willem E Frankenhuis

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2015 12(Suppl 1):S3

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  3. Content type: Review

    There is increasing interest in the proximate factors that underpin individual variation in suites of correlated behaviours. In this paper, we propose that dietary macronutrient composition, an underexplored e...

    Authors: Chang S Han and Niels J Dingemanse

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2015 12(Suppl 1):S5

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  4. Content type: Review

    Variation in early nutrition is known to play an important role in shaping the behavioural development of individuals. Parental prey selection may have long-lasting behavioural influences. In birds foraging on...

    Authors: Kees van Oers, Gregory M Kohn, Camilla A Hinde and Marc Naguib

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2015 12(Suppl 1):S10

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  5. Content type: Research

    The development of ethologically meaningful test paradigms in young animals is an essential step in the study of the ontogeny of animal personality. Here we explore the possibility to integrate offspring separ...

    Authors: Robyn Hudson, Marylin Rangassamy, Amor Saldaña, Oxána Bánszegi and Heiko G Rödel

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2015 12(Suppl 1):S12

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  6. Content type: Research

    Prenatal conditions influence offspring development in many species. In mammals, the effects of social density have traditionally been considered a detrimental form of maternal stress. Now their potential adap...

    Authors: Nikolaus von Engelhardt, Gabriele J Kowalski and Anja Guenther

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2015 12(Suppl 1):S13

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  7. Content type: Review

    Comprehensive explanations of behavioral adaptations rarely invoke all levels famously admonished by Niko Tinbergen. The role of developmental processes and plasticity, in particular, has often been neglected....

    Authors: Peter M Kappeler and Claudia Fichtel

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2015 12(Suppl 1):S15

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  8. Content type: Review

    The ultimate-level factors that drive the evolution of mating systems have been well studied, but an evolutionarily conserved neural mechanism involved in shaping behaviour and social organization across speci...

    Authors: Ronald G Oldfield, Rayna M Harris and Hans A Hofmann

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2015 12(Suppl 1):S16

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  9. Content type: Review

    In mammals, maternal signals conveyed via influences on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) activity may shape behavior of the young to be better adapted for prevailing environmental conditions. However, the ...

    Authors: Michael B Hennessy, Sylvia Kaiser, Tobias Tiedtke and Norbert Sachser

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2015 12(Suppl 1):S18

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  10. Content type: Review

    In this article, we refer to an original opinion paper written by Prof. Frank Beach in 1950 (“The Snark was a Boojum”). In his manuscript, Beach explicitly criticised the field of comparative psychology becaus...

    Authors: Simone Macrì and S Helene Richter

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2015 12(Suppl 1):S20

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