The Ethological Approach to the Study of Human Behavior

Zdenek Klein

Human ethology, which was established on the basis of classical zooethology,can be an inspirational contribution to the study of human behavior.

The study of behavior in natural conditions is stimulating as well as the primary interest of ethologists in such behavioral patterns showing evolutionary success and benefi ts and which are called inborn or innate.
The extensive area of human behavior, nonverbal communication, can be investigated also with the application of some ethological knowledge.
Human ethology can bring signifi cant insight to the evaluation of the pathology of human behavior in various medical disciplines. An important task of medical prediction (prognosis) can be made more reliable by considering the ethology. A specifi c attribute of the species Homo sapiens,
his culture, is acknowledged and discussed through human ethology.