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Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSY352H5
Professor
Robert Gerlai

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Animal Behaviour
Lecture 1 - Introduction
Office hour: Wednesday 12 -1
Friday 12-1 SE3035
What is behaviour?
Behaviour is the subjects movement in space and time (methodological definition)-
everything else is your interpretation
Behaviour is the window to the brain (experimental neuroscientists definition)
Behaviour is the output of the brain
Even the most complex behavioural phenomena are the result of the functioning of
the nervous system
Psychology and Biology
Psychology deals with numerous aspects of animal and human behaviour.
Psychology traditionally belonged to Social Sciences and sometimes treated the brain
as a black box
Nowadays the discipline is regarded as part of Natural Sciences and psychology uses
numerous concepts and methods of biology.
Two fundamentally distinct questions
Proximate question (phenogenetic causation)
oConcerns the biological and physoplogical mechanisms of behaviour.
oThat is: How do things work?
Ultimate question (phylogenetic causation)
oConcerns the evolution and adaptive aspect of behaviour.
oThat is: How did it come about?
About the course:
This course will explore both the proximate (mechanistic) and the ultimate
(evolutionary) aspects of behaviour.
The goal of the course is to make you appreciate that behaviour is just like any other
characteristics of your body:
oIt is the result of biological mechanisms and it has developed according ot the
forces of natural selection ie. Evolution
Why study animal behaviour when human behaviour is most interesting?
Animal behaviour is just as interesting
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Animal Behaviour Lecture 1 - Introduction Office hour: Wednesday 12 -1 Friday 12-1 SE3035 What is behaviour? Behaviour is the subjects movement in space and time (methodological definition)- everything else is your interpretation Behaviour is the window to the brain (experimental neuroscientists definition) Behaviour is the output of the brain Even the most complex behavioural phenomena are the result of the functioning of the nervous system Psychology and Biology Psychology deals with numerous aspects of animal and human behaviour. Psychology traditionally belonged to Social Sciences and sometimes treated the brain as a black box Nowadays the discipline is regarded as part of Natural Sciences and psychology uses numerous concepts and methods of biology. Two fundamentally distinct questions Proximate questi
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