Biology in Profile. A Guide to the Many Branches of Biology by P. N. Campbell

By P. N. Campbell

Biology in Profile: A consultant to the numerous Branches of Biology is a 20-chapter textual content that describes the profile and organic phenomena of chosen branches of biology. every one bankruptcy discusses the scope, progress parts, and specialties of the categorical department of biology.

This ebook contains 20 branches of biology, similar to zoology, botany, microbiology, body structure, ecology, ethology, psychology, parasitology, pharmacy, and pharmacology. different branches lined comprise toxicology, foodstuff, nutrition technological know-how, endocrinology, immunology, genetics, virology, biophysics, biochemistry, and molecular biology.

This publication might be of worth to scholars and different scientists who're no longer training biologists.

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L a n g u a g e a s a symbolic system p e r m i t s the e l a b o r a t i o n of a b s t r a c t i n t e l l e c t u a l concepts a n d a s a means of communication h a s fostered the development of i n t r i c a t e s o c i a l o r g a n i s a t i o n s a n d h a s g r e a t l y e n h a n c e d the i m p o r t a n c e of s o c i a l a s p e c t s of the human e n v i r o n m e n t . The r e s u l t a n t complexity of the human o r g a n i s m r e q u i r e s a n a l y s i s at a t l e a s t t h r e e i n t e r r e l a t e d a n d i n t e r ­ acting levels.

All these psychological functions undergo a changing course through the life-history of an individual and developmental psychology has become a very active specialist area of study and research. Until comparatively recently a new-born infant was considered a helpless, passive receiver of attention. Improved methods of study have now demonstrated that, even in the first days of life, a child has a growing and reactive awareness of its world and even exercises some measure of control over it. Later maturational sequences of motor and cognitive development have been studied in detail and a great deal of research is concerned with the interaction between biological matur­ ation and learning.

The methods of detailed observation and analysis, developed by ethologists for studying animals, have also been found useful in some studies of human behaviour. Popular books on ethology, which are usually based more on speculation than observation, often suggest that its relevance to man is great because we are animals and our behaviour is the product of evolution. But on this point most ethologists are cautious, for they know just how much the behav­ iour of animals can differ, even within closely related species, and they also know that our biological past lies a long way behind us.

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