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Current Ethology



ISSN (versão impressa): 1517-2805 ; e-ISSN: 2175-3636

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Current Ethology publishes research articles, short communications, theoretical papers and critical reviews on animal behavior, including human behavior. Papers can be descriptive, but experimental and comparative approaches are encouraged. Subjects vary from basic to applied research, conducted either under experimental settings or in the field.

Current Ethology is organized into the following major areas:

Ethology applied: animal eelfare and conservation: studies with a strong empirical basis directed to important issues on the conservation and management of animals, including animal welfare, anthropological interference and environmental changes resulting from human activities, management in captivity and in the wild, reintroduction and translocation of wildlife. Studies of interest also aim at understanding the behavioral mechanisms involved in genetic and demographic processes affecting the persistence of populations.

Neuroethology: studies regarding the neural basis of animal behavior, emphasizing its evolution, development, causes and function. Researches involving comparative aspects of behavior in relation to the evolution of the nervous system are particularly welcome.

Behavioral ecology: studies related to the ecological and evolutionary bases of animal behavior. Investigations regarding the cause and the adaptive significance of behavioral variations among individuals, populations and species. Social behavior and social systems.

Evolutionary psychology: studies of the psychological adaptations in humans in response to changes in the physical and social environment, using as a reference Darwin´s theory of evolution. Investigations of evolved psychological mechanisms and how these mechanisms helped solve issues of survival and reproduction of our ancestors are also welcome.

Evolution of behavior: studies that seek to evaluate the variability of behavior from an evolutionary perspective, either through the consequences of this variation for fitness or by identifying the processes that drive the establishment of a behavioral strategy. Studies can use either a comparative or an explicitly phylogenetic approach and, in the latter case, may propose phylogenies or interpret behavioral change through a known phylogeny.

Animal cognition and communication: studies using an evolutionary perspective to understand information processing (learning, memory, problem solving, perception and communication) in human or non-human animals.

Behavioral theories: studies aimed at the construction of systematic bodies of knowledge in ethology, through the conceptual clarification of theoretical integration, the examination of the consequences of an established theory and the review of agreements and disagreements between theory and empirical basis.