Measuring Behaviour : An Introductory Guide
Measuring Behaviour is a guide to the principles and methods of quantitative studies of behaviour, with an emphasis on techniques of direct observation, recording and analysis. In this new edition, all sections have been updated and revised, some have been expanded and others introduced for the first time. Aimed primarily at undergraduate and graduate students in biology and psychology who are about to embark upon behavioural research projects, this book provides a concise review of methodology that will also be of interest to scientists of all disciplines in which behaviour is measured. Written with brevity and clarity, it is intended, above all, as a practical guide book.
- Online resource
- 05 Jun 2012
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
- 28 b/w illus. 3 tables
'... clear, concise and always eminently sensible.' The Times Higher Education Supplement '... an excellent little book.' British Psychological Society Bulletin '... destined to become a classic.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution 'The second edition can be recommended as a good introduction to the measurement and analysis of behaviour.' Ibis 'The authors are specialists in behaviour science. Animal and human behaviour can be measured in various manners (duration, periodicity, social or individual, evolution, development and so on) but how? This book gives the necessary answers and is designed to furnish a clear basis to students... It is an excellent guide, comprehensive and precise, and without any superfluous discussions.' Michel Cuisin
Table of contents
1. Introduction; 2. General issues; 3. Research design; 4. Preliminaries to measurement; 5. Measures of behaviour; 6. Recording methods; 7. The recording medium; 8. The reliability and validity of measures; 9. Analysis and interpretation of data; Appendices; Annotated bibliography; Index.