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date: 24 August 2019

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The aim of this chapter is to bring back into focus the primacy of behavioral analysis both for its own sake and for integrating and understanding the discoveries made at genetic and neural levels of organization. This chapter argues that this integrative aspect of behavior requires tools and techniques that match the sophistication of those used by research focused more directly on genetic and neural levels. The chapter surveys the behavioral ontogeny of laboratory rats using a dialectic process that interweaves the study of individual and group behavior. The chapter ends with a preview of the directions technology and integration may take in the study of the behavioral development of individual and of groups.

Keywords: behavioral development, emergent, ontogeny, rats, individual behavior, group behavior, integrative, group selection

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