Selections on the Empirical and Theoretical Investigations of Behavioral Variability: An Introduction to the Special Issue
International Journal of Comparative Psychology
The study of behavioral variability continues to grow in importance and gather interest. A thorough understanding of the fundamental processes by which variation is generated and by which it is adaptive is potentially important to our understandings of a whole host of phenomena, including all types of learning, from basic skills to language and thought (Bateson & Martin, 2013) as well as the antifragility of complex systems (Taleb, 2012). This issue represents a brief look into an important scientific enterprise, extraordinarily vast in scope and implications (Brembs, 2010). Even if we accept a fundamental unpredictability to animal behavior, this does not preclude us from studying the nature of that unpredictability. Please enjoy the issue, and may it inspire your own creative variations.
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Stahlman, W. David, and Aaron Blaisdell. “Selections on the Empirical and Theoretical Investigations of Behavioral Variability: An Introduction to the Special Issue.” International Journal of Comparative Psychology 27, no. 2 (2014): 187–89. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/21m8h2qp.