ANIMAL AGGRESSION

an innate response to threat perpetrated by other organisms, and designed to preserve the species. Examples include: maternal aggression (protect the young), predatory aggression (provides food), sexual aggression (reproduction), antipredatory aggression (response to fear), inter-male aggression (eliminates competition for mates, and instrumental aggression (indirect, and occurs when followed by a reward).

ANIMAL AGGRESSION: "The dog exhibited animal aggression when another dog attempted to eat it's food. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANIMAL AGGRESSION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/animal-aggression/ (accessed November 18, 2019).
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