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College Biology Instructor Guide


College Instructor edition with 26 experiments covering introductory and general biology topics.

Animal Behavior

Lab Summary

Use a choice chamber to measure an organism's preference for different
environmental factors.


  • Students design and carry out a controlled experiment to investigate an organism's response to environmental variables.
  • Students explore different types of animal behavior such as orientation behavior, agonistic behavior, or dominance display.



Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Designing a controlled experiment.
  • Measuring an organism's preference for environmental factors.

Materials Used:

Additional stimulus agents 
Adhesive tape 
Filter paper, round - 3 to 4
Petri dish with lid - 2
Pillbugs, living - 10 to 15

The Associated Bundle:

College Biology Bundle


A complete probeware bundle designed for PASCO's College Biology curriculum

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.