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John M Burt
PSYCH 416
Seattle Campus

Animal Communication

Evolution and mechanisms of animal communication and related processes of perception, thinking, and social behavior. Prerequisite: either minimum 2.0 grade in BIOL 180, 3.5 in PSYCH 200, or 2.0 in PSYCH 300.

Class description

The objective of the course is to understand the general principles, mechanisms, and evolution of animal communication systems and the related processes of perception, thinking, and social behavior. The emphasis is on integrating information from different areas of biology to make this understanding as general as possible. The first half of this course will address the general principles of communication in each sensory modality, while the second half will address various topics concerning the behavior, ecology, and evolution of communication systems.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

The Bradbury and Vehrencamp textbook is very dense. I recommend that you make an effort to read the assigned chapter segments on time.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by John M Burt
Date: 12/03/2006