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.
|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.