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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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.
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.
Lecture 4: Ethology and Konrad Lorenz' Jackdaws
This lecture discusses ethology and specifically uses Konrad Lorenz' Jackdaws as an example.
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).
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.
Lecture 9: Lorenz on fundamental ethology, part 1
This lecture introduces Konrad Lorenz' fundamentals of ethology.