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behaviour

(US), behavior
Psychol
a. the aggregate of all the responses made by an organism in any situation
b. a specific response of a certain organism to a specific stimulus or group of stimuli

behaviour

  1. the alteration, movement or response of any entity, person or system acting within a particular context.
  2. (PSYCHOLOGY) the externally observable response of an animal or human organism to an environmental stimulus (see also BEHAVIOURISM).
An important distinction is often made in sociology between automatic forms of behaviour described in 2 (e.g. jumping up after sitting on a drawing pin) and intended ACTION, where social meanings and purposes are also involved.
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The authors are now using a similar approach to study potential connections between the ability to behave randomly and such things as cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases.
Rather than banning children, perhaps a better solution would be for restaurants to embark on an educational effort to help parents teach their children to behave properly in a restaurant.
There's only so far you can go if they really kick off, you pull in and say 'until you behave yourself we won't pull off'.
When I was younger my parents taught me to be seen and not heard, to respect my elders and behave when out in public .
3 : to act or function in a particular way <We're studying how metals behave under pressure.
Miss Behave, 30, said: "Basically I taught myself how to do it - it took me three years to perfect the art and I have now been in the business nine years.
These people are so uneducated because the only goats that they have ever met have been poorly trained and were not taught how to behave.
Their study provides a glimpse of how the nanotubes might behave if released into a waterway.
He was directed to a certain location to see if he behaved properly, and he did not behave as a police officer should.
They are behaving just like the cell phone companies described above, or like the general public wanted Amtrak to behave circa 1970.
Offering poor kids money in order to behave properly is just a victory for those who misbehave.
Nanotechnology is emerging in a wide variety of applications, yet unfortunately very little is known about the environmental implications of engineered nanomaterials, of possible ways to handle engineered nanomaterials as environmental pollutants, or of how nanomaterials behave in the environment when used for remediation.