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The Dancing Mouse A Study in Animal Behavior

Yerkes, Robert M.

ISBN 10: 0405051743 / ISBN 13: 9780405051746
Published by Macmillan, 1907
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No Dust Jacket. Previous owner's inscription on FFEP. Edgewear to spine and boards. ; Signed on ffep by Author. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 21398

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Title: The Dancing Mouse A Study in Animal Behavior

Publisher: Macmillan

Publication Date: 1907

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good-

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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This book is the direct result of what, at the time of its occurrence, seemed to be an unimportant incident in the course of my scientific work the presentation of a pair of dancing mice to the Harvard Psychological Laboratory. My interest in the peculiarities of behavior which the creatures exhibited, as I watched them casually from day to day, soon became experiment-impelling, and almost before I realized it, I was in the midst of an investigation of their senses and intelligence. The longer I observed and experimented with them, the more numerous became the problems which the dancers presented to me for solution. From a study of the senses of hearing and sight I was led to investigate, in turn, the various forms of activity of which the mice are capable; the ways in which they learn to react adaptively to new or novel situations; the facility with which they acquire habits; the duration of habits; the roles of the various senses in the acquisition and performance of certain habitual acts; the efficiency of different methods of training; and the inheritance of racial and individually acquired forms of behavior. In the course of my experimental work I discovered, much to my surprise, that, no accurate and detailed account of this curiously interesting animal existed in theE nglish language, and that in no other language were all the facts concerning it available in a single book. This fact, in connection with my appreciation of the exceptional value of the dancer as a pet and as material for the scientific study of animal behavior, has led me to supplement the results of my own observation.
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