Comparative Psychology

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  • The branch of psychology concerned with the scientific study of the behavior of humans, animals, and living beings such as bacteria and plants. This discipline places special emphasis on comparative methods that examine the differences and similarities between humans and other animals that may provide information about developmental processes and evolutionary relationships. Comparative methods are also employed to compare modern animal species with ancient animal species. Comparative psychology was recognized as a differentiated discipline in 1994 under the name of “physiological psychology and comparative psychology” by Division 6 of the American Psychological Association (currently known as the division of behavioral neuroscience and comparative psychology). One of the main goals of comparative psychology is to attain a broader and deeper understanding of human behavior through research ...

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