What is behavior?

  • (noun): (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation.
    Synonyms: behaviour
    See also — Additional definitions below

Behavior

Behavior or behaviour (see American and British spelling differences) is the range of actions and mannerisms made by organisms, systems, or artificial entities in conjunction with their environment, which includes the other systems or organisms around as well as the physical environment. It is the response of the system or organism to various stimuli or inputs, whether internal or external, conscious or subconscious, overt or covert, and voluntary or involuntary.

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Some articles on behavior:

Factors Influencing Foraging Behavior - Genetics
... Foraging behavior can also be influenced by genetics ... The genes associated with foraging behavior have been widely studied in honeybees with reference to the following onset of foraging behavior, task division between foragers and workers, and bias in foraging for ...
Anonymity and Social Situations
... This prevents physical retaliation for remarks, and prevents negative or taboo behavior or discussion from tarnishing the reputation of the speaker ... or semi-anonymous forums often provide a soapbox for disruptive conversational behavior ... This anonymity is an important factor in crowd psychology, and behavior in situations such as a riot ...
Psychological Testing
... testing is a field characterized by the use of samples of behavior in order to assess psychological construct(s), such as cognitive and emotional functioning, about a given individual ... By samples of behavior, one means observations of an individual performing tasks that have usually been prescribed beforehand, which often means scores on a test ... responses are often compiled into statistical tables that allow the evaluator to compare the behavior of the individual being tested to the responses of a norm group ...
White Cockatoo - Aviculture
... Anyone not used to cockatoo behavior may find this cuddling behavior odd, as most parrots do not cuddle like the Umbrella cockatoo ... on human companion and this combined with their long life and often misunderstood behaviors can lead to behavior issues. ... a sick bird can be (but not limited to) runny eyes, sluggish behavior, unusually colored droppings (esp indicating blood in the digestive tract), sleeping ...
Diseconomies Of Scale - Causes - Office Politics
... "Office politics" is management behavior which a manager knows is counter to the best interest of the company, but is in his personal best interest ... This type of behavior only makes sense in a company with multiple levels of management ... The more levels there are, the more opportunity for this behavior ...

More definitions of "behavior":

  • (noun): The action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances.
    Example: "The behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"
    Synonyms: behaviour

Famous quotes containing the word behavior:

    Temperament is the natural, inborn style of behavior of each individual. It’s the how of behavior, not the why.... The question is not, “Why does he behave a certain way if he doesn’t get a cookie?” but rather, “When he doesn’t get a cookie, how does he express his displeasure...?” The environment—and your behavior as a parent—can influence temperament and interplay with it, but it is not the cause of temperamental characteristics.
    Stanley Turecki (20th century)

    As long as male behavior is taken to be the norm, there can be no serious questioning of male traits and behavior. A norm is by definition a standard for judging; it is not itself subject to judgment.
    Myriam Miedzian, U.S. author. Boys Will Be Boys, ch. 1 (1991)

    The ease with which problems are understood and solved on paper, in books and magazine articles, is never matched by the reality of the mother’s experience. . . . Her child’s behavior often does not follow the storybook version. Her own feelings don’t match the way she has been told she ought to feel. . . . There is something wrong with either her child or her, she thinks. Either way, she accepts the blame and guilt.
    Elaine Heffner (20th century)