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The introductory topics will cover various approaches to the study of animals and their behavior. Key concepts in studies of animal behavior, emphasizing ethology, are covered in class and in the assigned readings from Scott (2005), supplemented by selections from other books, especially from classics in the field as well as selected videos. Next, key concepts in sociobiology are covered using readings from Alcock (2001), supplemented by selections from additional books and some video presentations.

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Animal Behavior (2013‪)‬ MIT

    • Medicine

The introductory topics will cover various approaches to the study of animals and their behavior. Key concepts in studies of animal behavior, emphasizing ethology, are covered in class and in the assigned readings from Scott (2005), supplemented by selections from other books, especially from classics in the field as well as selected videos. Next, key concepts in sociobiology are covered using readings from Alcock (2001), supplemented by selections from additional books and some video presentations.

NOTE: The recording quality of this audio is the best available given the source. Audio is not available for lectures 3, 5, 7, and 22.

License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
More information at http://ocw.mit.edu/terms
More courses at http://ocw.mit.edu

    Lecture 1: Introduction to animal behavior and how it is studied

    Lecture 1: Introduction to animal behavior and how it is studied

    This lecture covers the layout and organization of the course as well as introducing approaches to studying animal behavior.

    • 49 min
    Lecture 2: Introduction to ethology

    Lecture 2: Introduction to ethology

    This lecture provides an introduction to ethology as well as discussing Niko Tinbergen's four questions and three-spined stickleback fish.

    • 4 min
    Lecture 4: Ethology and Konrad Lorenz' Jackdaws

    Lecture 4: Ethology and Konrad Lorenz' Jackdaws

    This lecture discusses ethology and specifically uses Konrad Lorenz' Jackdaws as an example.

    • 48 min
    Lecture 6: Fixed action patterns and central nervous system

    Lecture 6: Fixed action patterns and central nervous system

    This lecture covers fixed action patterns as well as how these innate behaviors are organized in the central nervous system (CNS).

    • 50 min
    Lecture 8: Innate behaviors, motivation and fundamentals of ethology

    Lecture 8: Innate behaviors, motivation and fundamentals of ethology

    This lecture covers innate behaviors and motivation along with the approach of Konrad Lorenz to studying animal behavior and the fundamentals of ethology.

    • 51 min
    Lecture 9: Lorenz on fundamental ethology, part 1

    Lecture 9: Lorenz on fundamental ethology, part 1

    This lecture introduces Konrad Lorenz' fundamentals of ethology.

    • 51 min

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