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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 questi
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