9.20 Animal Behavior

9.20 Animal Behavior (Fall 2005, MIT OCW). Instructor: Professor Gerald Schneider. 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.

Lecture 01 - Animals in Human History, Amateur and Professional Studies
Lecture 03 - Introduction to Ethology, Tinbergen's Questions; Field Studies of Birds
Lecture 04 - Lorenz' Jackdaws
Lecture 05 - Ethology of Geese; FAPs and CNS
Lecture 07 - Motivation (cont.)
Lecture 08 - Lorenz on FAPs
Lecture 09 - Lorenz on IRMs
Lecture 10 - Models, Hierarchies and Chains of Action Patterns
Lecture 11 - Spatial Orientation, Multiple Motivations
Lecture 13 - Evolution of Behavior, Genes, Learning
Lecture 14 - Navigation, Migration, Communication
Lecture 16 - Foraging
Lecture 17 - Anti-predator Behavior
Lecture 18 - Anti-predator Behavior (cont.)
Lecture 20 - Mating & Reproduction, Intro
Lecture 21 - Sociobiology Intro
Lecture 22 - Sociobiology Subject Matter
Lecture 23 - Genes and Behaviors
Lecture 24 - Sociobiology and Science
Lecture 25 - Discoveries of Sociobiology
Lecture 27 - Discoveries of Sociobiology
Lecture 29 - Cultural Determinism and Sociobiology
Lecture 30 - Sociobiology and Culture
Lecture 32 - Practical Issues in Study of Adaptation
Lecture 33 - The Triumph of Sociobiology
Lecture 36 - Lorenz on Learning
Lecture 37 - Exam Review Session

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9.20 Animal Behavior
Instructor: Prof. Gerald Schneider. Lecture Notes. Readings. Assignments (no solutions). The introductory topics will cover various approaches to the study of animals and their behavior.