Comparative Psychology: The Hamster Term Paper by Lorie

Comparative Psychology: The Hamster
This paper discusses the field of comparative psychology and reports on a study of hamsters' reactions to stimuli.
# 61374 | 2,385 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2004 | PH
Published on Oct 05, 2005 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Physiological) , Research Designs (General)

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This paper explains that comparative psychology, synonymous with animal psychology, refers to the study of the behavior and mental life of animals other than human beings. The author points out that the modern study of animal behavior and biology is primarily a product of the 19th century, especially the work of Charles Darwin from 1830 to 1870, which revolutionized the biological sciences. The paper reports that the hamsters reacted to stimuli; with the exception of the food, the exercise wheel and the female hamster; the hamsters did not sustain their interest in the stimuli to which they were introduced.

Table of Contents
Background of the Study
Charles Darwin
The Study
Objectives of the Study
Theoretical Framework
Other Hamsters
Exercise Wheel
Experimenter's Hand

From the Paper:

"Animal psychology is as old as human psychology and the other biological sciences. It was founded by Aristotle, under the patronage of Alexander the Great, in connection with his pioneer attempt to systematize the field of natural science. After Aristotle, animal psychology shared the common fate of the natural sciences for two millennia or more. As is well known, there was a period of general decadence in science. The later Greeks turned their attention from science to speculative philosophy and ethics. The center of interest for the Romans was politics and imperialistic ambitions."

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