Behavior Patterns Found in Animal Behaviors
We know that animals are made of living cells. But what about consciousness? Consciousness is not something that animals have because animals do not have the same features as human beings. For example, in humans, the brain is much bigger than the animal’s brain and there is a perception of time and space. The animal brains are too small and they cannot process information in the same way as people. They experience only survival and non survival orientations, unlike humans.
Studies of animal cognition and behavior show a great similarity between animal behavior and human behavior. The major difference lies in whether or not animal cognition involves predictive processing, meaning that an animal can predict what another animal will do next. Predictive processing was probably discovered long before people were around; it can be found in such animals as ants, bats, dolphins and birds. Other examples include cat behavior where an object is placed near a cat and the cat will reach out and touch it.
Many studies of animal behavior and cognitive behavior show that animals utilize some kind of internal mechanism to predict and plan their actions. It is called animal cognition or organism-recognition. Many animal species are good at determining where their food supply will come from. Humans, on the other hand, aren’t so good because we rely on our sensory organs like sight and smell to help us determine where food is.
Animals can also use internal mechanisms that relate to human beings and cause them to behave as though they are like us, humans. In other words, many animals have the ability to copy human behaviors. Chimpanzees and dolphins for example, are observed copying the actions of humans when certain types of toys are put in their cage. This proves that animals have the capacity to use cognitive behavior that can mirror human thoughts and ideas.
It is also believed by many scientists that animals have an innate sense of right and wrong. Animals are also able to learn about human behaviors and ways to behave in social groups of non-social animals. This shows that animals have the ability to learn and adapt to changes in their environment and to modify their behavior based on what other animals do in their environment.
There is still much more that is not understood about animal behavior and cognitive behavior. However, this is one of the major steps that scientists are currently taking to understand animal behavior and the behavior patterns that animals employ. There are many theories out there that attempt to explain different animal behavior but until now they have been unable to properly address all the theories. For now, we have to just take the information that they are presenting and understand how they are affecting our lives.