behaviour


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Wikipedia.
Related to behaviour: behavior, behaviour management

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.
References in classic literature ?
Something closely analogous to knowledge and desire, as regards its effects on behaviour, exists among animals, even where what we call "consciousness" is hard to believe in; something equally analogous exists in ourselves in cases where no trace of "consciousness" can be found.
Prevalence of behaviour problems reported by owners of dogs purchased from animal rescue shelters.
The operations of the brain result from a balance between inputs from heredity and environment -- nature and nurture -- and this balance should always be reflected in research into the biology of behaviour.
Changes in adaptive behaviour of severely and profoundly mentally handicapped adults in different residential settings.
Multi-disciplinary professionals with specialist knowledge of working with deaf people explore aspects of mild to severe challenging behaviour with reference to its cause, assessment, prevention and management.
the main shareholder of Behaviour Communications Inc.
The fact that Behaviour stands out clearly shows that we are on the right track and well-positioned in this growing market," said Mr.
This financing not only provides Behaviour with greater resources to pursue its growth and acquisition plans, but signals a strong commitment by its majority shareholders," said Bernard Legendre, President and Chief Operating Officer of Behaviour.