BI/PSY 441, Animal Behavior

Instructor: Rebecca Burton, Ph.D.
Office: CO 221
Classroom: TL 212
Email: rebecca.burton@alverno.edu

Texts: Animal Behavior, Drickamer et al. & Additional readings

Introduction

Animal behavior is studied by people in a wide range of fields, including behavioral ecology, comparative psychology, anthropology, agricultural science, neurobiology, wildlife management, and veterinary medicine. While all of these researchers use the scientific framework, they may ask different questions because they are interested in different concepts and applications. For example, a psychologist might be interested in infanticide in a particular species because she hopes to gain insight into human behavior. A behavioral ecologist is interested in how infanticide affects evolutionary fitness. A neurophysiologist could be quantifying the changes in brain chemistry during infanticide. A veterinarian might be looking for information that will help her decrease the likelihood of infanticide in a captive population. This course is intended to serve students with interests in any field concerning animal behavior. Therefore, we will look at questions that might be asked by researchers in several different fields. Specific review topics chosen by the student will help to direct her learning towards aspects of animal behavior which interest her most. Because psychology courses are available for the study of human behavior, non-human animals will be the focus of this course.

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Last update: 1/12/04 by Rebecca Burton, Dept. of Biology, Alverno College