human ethology

noun

Definition of human ethology

: the scientific study of human behavior under natural conditions especially in the context of its origin and evolution
  • It remains an open question whether forms of ritual communication can be seen as culture-specific manifestations of universal human interaction strategies, as hypothesized within the framework of human ethology
  • —Ellen B. Basso and Gunter SenftRitual Communication2009
called also ethology

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1972

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