Animal Behavior

Animal Instinct, Learning, and Emotions

What is learning in the animal world?

Learning in the animal world is considered to be a sophisticated process in which a response or responses become modified from experiences. Learning is actually based on the life span and the complexity of an organism’s brain, and if the organism’s life span is short, even if they have the brain capacity to learn, learning will not occur. (In such a case, other types of learning take over, such as fixed action pattern [FAP]; see above for more about FAP.)


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