ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Second cycle degree in CLINICAL DYNAMIC PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: ANDREA-SIGFRIDO CAMPERIO CIANI

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Prerequisite
students should know elementary fundaments of genetics and biology that if missing can be acquired studying text suggested in class.
Examination methods: Teaching strategy and methods

During lectures we solicit student partecipation and discussion, in the first lectures the teaching pact will be presented and discussed including scientific objectives requirements, benefits and professional perspectives. Whenever possible other researchers will be invited to share their research experience with animal behavior. Every year in parallel to theoretical lectures we organize field research experience to explore field research methods, environmental monitoring, showing that a psychologist can be efficently employed in programs of sustainable development, including human wildlife interaction. These field experiences both in human ethology, ecology and environmental monitoring will be conducted with GEA NGO (International association for the study and conservation of ecosystems) and the laboratory of Psychology applied to ecology and cooperation (PACE).
Course unit contents: classical ethology:Evolutionary theory applied to human behavior, the ethogrqam, observational methods, field data collection and analysis methods, behavior genetics, environment and behavior, evolution of signals and communication, evolution of language.
eco-ethology: Comparative method, multiple hypothesis method, feeding strategies, territory and predation defense, optimization theory, evolutionary stable strategies, social behavior and theory of games.
etology and sociobiology: theory of evolution applied to sociality and adaptive value of sociality, eusociality, comparative perspective of primate sociality.
Reproductive strategies and sexuality: partenogenesis and sexuality, origin of sexual behavior, parental strategies and reproductive investment, reproductive disinvestment, infanticide, and mating strategies such as polyginy, promisquity, monogamy and poliandry.