Research methods and findings of comparative animal behavior, their importance to an understanding of human behavior; rationale for study of behavioral differences/similarities between animal species, behavior viewed as part of adaptation of each species to its natural habitat. Not open for credit to students who have taken PSYCH 300.
The course is designed to give you a basic understanding of the way animal behavior has been shaped by natural selection and evolution and how what we have learned about animal behavior can help us understand human behavior. Social and reproductive behavior receives special attention since evolutionary theory makes unique, and often counter-intuitive, predictions in these areas. The course emphasizes concepts. Our goal is to teach you how to apply an evolutionary approach to the study of the behavior of animals, including humans.
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