LabBench Activity

Key Concepts

Behaviors may be innate or learned. Many behaviors have both genetic and learned components.

Scientists study behavior and other aspects of organisms through observation and controlled experiments. In science classes you have done many laboratory activities that someone has written for you. Now you will be asked to think like a scientist, recording your own observations and designing your own controlled experiment. *

This would be a good time to review the common goals for all the laboratories. As you develop your experiment, gather and analyze data, and report this data, you will gain skill in a very important component of any laboratory program — modifying or designing a controlled experiment. Laboratory 11 will guide you through the specific steps of this procedure.

There are two activities in this laboratory. Your instructor may ask you to do either or both.