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Brad Wyble - Associate Professor of Psychology, Penn State University Park

Book Title: The Ecology and Sociology of the Norway Rat

Author: John B. Calhoun

Book Description:

As a graduate student, I was drawn in by this book's ambitious goal of understanding rodent behavior in a more natural context than the laboratory can provide. Reading about Calhoun's research taught me the importance of keeping theories rooted in the context of natural behaviors. This has been a cornerstone of my theoretical work ever since, such that I ask myself "but why would the brain do that?" Often, I find that the answer is unclear, which forces me to go back and work harder on finding the right theory.

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