Stimulus Response


Author/Producer: The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)

Suggested Age Range: Ages 13–18

Item Type: Video, teachers' guide, worksheets

Description: A 26-minute video, with discussion breaks after 5, 8, 14 and 19 minutes; a 12-page teachers' guide; two reproducible activity sheets

Price: Free for teachers

Suitable for the Following Subjects: Science, Citizenship, PHSE, English, RE

Suggested Uses: This video is designed primarily for science and psychology teachers, but it can also be valuable to educators in providing lessons in personal and social development, character education, humane education and debate.

How to Order: You can watch the video online or you can also obtain the DVD by contacting the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

View and download the PDF versions of the teachers' guide and worksheets.

Description: Featuring scientists from Britain's leading veterinary schools, this unique video teaches the five steps of the stimulus-response pathway by using examples from animals' lives. Viewers will see how pigs perceive stimuli in the first moments of their lives, watch hens run obstacle courses to show that they have the mental ability and coordination to learn from videos, and learn about calves' internal and external effectors. The video also shows the ways in which these animals are able to respond to the stimuli in their environments.

Together, the video, teachers' guide and worksheets provide a fun and interactive way for students to explore the following subjects:

  • The five steps in the stimulus-response pathway
  • Animals' senses and the difference between their primary and secondary senses
  • The creation of ethical and effective experimental designs to test hypotheses on animal behaviour
  • Interpreting data from experiments to draw conclusions
  • Methods of learning, including habituation, conditioning, observation and trial and error
  • Using information about animal behaviour to debate the ethics of factory farming

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