What is behavior?


Behavior or behaviour (see American and British spelling differences) is the range of actions and mannerisms made by organisms, systems, or artificial entities in conjunction with their environment, which includes the other systems or organisms around as well as the physical environment. It is the response of the system or organism to various stimuli or inputs, whether internal or external, conscious or subconscious, overt or covert, and voluntary or involuntary.

Read more about Behavior.

Some articles on behavior:

Psychological Testing
... a field characterized by the use of samples of behavior in order to assess psychological construct(s), such as cognitive and emotional functioning, about a given ... By samples of behavior, one means observations of an individual performing tasks that have usually been prescribed beforehand, which often means scores on a test ... are often compiled into statistical tables that allow the evaluator to compare the behavior of the individual being tested to the responses of a norm group ...
White Cockatoo - Aviculture
... Anyone not used to cockatoo behavior may find this cuddling behavior odd, as most parrots do not cuddle like the Umbrella cockatoo ... on human companion and this combined with their long life and often misunderstood behaviors can lead to behavior issues. ... bird can be (but not limited to) runny eyes, sluggish behavior, unusually colored droppings (esp indicating blood in the digestive tract), sleeping more than normal ...
Anonymity and Social Situations
... This prevents physical retaliation for remarks, and prevents negative or taboo behavior or discussion from tarnishing the reputation of the speaker ... a soapbox for disruptive conversational behavior ... This anonymity is an important factor in crowd psychology, and behavior in situations such as a riot ...

More definitions of "behavior":

  • (noun): The action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances.
    Example: "The behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"
    Synonyms: behaviour
  • (noun): (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation.
    Synonyms: behaviour

Famous quotes containing the word behavior:

    I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a “learning experience.” Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I’ve done as a “learning experience.” It makes me feel less stupid.
    —P.J. (Patrick Jake)

    The modern world needs people with a complex identity who are intellectually autonomous and prepared to cope with uncertainty; who are able to tolerate ambiguity and not be driven by fear into a rigid, single-solution approach to problems, who are rational, foresightful and who look for facts; who can draw inferences and can control their behavior in the light of foreseen consequences, who are altruistic and enjoy doing for others, and who understand social forces and trends.
    Robert Havighurst (20th century)

    The type of fig leaf which each culture employs to cover its social taboos offers a twofold description of its morality. It reveals that certain unacknowledged behavior exists and it suggests the form that such behavior takes.
    Freda Adler (b. 1934)