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Miranda's top five books for Animal Behaviour students

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Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Life Sciences
Course: BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour
Category: Animal sciences

12 July 2019

Animal Behaviour student Miranda

Second-year Animal Behaviour student Miranda recommends five books that will help students get the most from the course.

As I complete my second year studying Animal Behaviour at ARU, here are some of the top books to look at to help you with your studies.

Biomeasurement, by Dawn Hawkins

Biomeasurement is the one book which will always save your time while you try to understand how SPSS (a program to analyse data) works.

It has been written by Dawn who is also our excellent lecturer.

Animal Behaviour: an Evolutionary Approach, by John Alcock

The second in the list is a general book that can guide you throughout your studies, helping you getting more info about the psychology of animals.

Measuring behaviour: an Introductory Guide, by Martin Bateson

Once you start your research, you're likely to need Measuring Behaviour, which explains most of the sampling and recording techniques.

The Selfish Gene , by Richard Dawkins and The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society, by Frans de Waal

These last two books are for general knowledge.

Generally speaking, you won’t need to buy all of the suggested books since there are plenty of copies in the University library. Bonus.

By Miranda

Miranda studies Animal Behaviour at ARU in Cambridge. Find out more about this and other degree courses at one of our Open Days.


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