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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 9.2 (Fall 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Animal Behavior 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Brain and Cognitive Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Gerald Schneider 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 9.20 Animal Behavior



    Fall 2005




    Course Highlights


    This course features a complete set of audio lectures and a bibliography of readings.


    Course Description


    Most of the major categories of adaptive behavior can be seen in all animals. This course begins with the evolution of behavior, the driver of nervous system evolution, reviewed using concepts developed in ethology, sociobiology, other comparative studies, and in studies of brain evolution. The roles of various types of plasticity are considered, as well as foraging and feeding, defensive and aggressive behavior, courtship and reproduction, migration and navigation, social activities and communication, with contributions of inherited patterns and cognitive abilities. Both field and laboratory based studies are reviewed; and finally, human behavior is considered within the context of primate studies.


    Special Features


     

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