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School of Psychology
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
Course unit
ANIMAL AND COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PSO2043109, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANIMAL AND COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ANGELO BISAZZA M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 9.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic notions of physics, mathematics and general biology as specified in the School of Psychology enrolling requirements.

Basic knowledge of physiology of nervous and endocrine system that is aquired during first year in the course of PSYCHOBIOLOGY
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at providing the student with an overview of the disciplines that investigated animal behaviour, describing the main methods of investigation and highlighting the different theoretical approaches.

The different aspects of behaviour will be examined in a comparative perspective highlighting in particular how natural selection favoured in each species the appearance of behaviours aimed to solve the different problems posed by the environment in which they evolved

Students are also expected to become capable of critical reading and understanding scientific papers on animal behaviour
Examination methods: Final examination is written with open questions

The exam can be taken by the student also in English language
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the main contributions of the different disciplines to the study of Animal Behaviour
Understanding of the main experimental paradigms employed for the investigation of animal behaviour.

Understanding of the main concepts and theories
Critical and analytical thinking
Appropriate use of the terminology of the field
Course unit contents: Historical introduction: ethology and comparative psychology. Methods of investigation in animal behaviour.

Development of behaviour. Behavioural genetics. Hormones and behaviour. Learning. Motivation and decision processes. Comparative cognition.

Evolutionary approach to the study of animal behaviour. Communication. Social organization. Altruism and cooperation. Sexual selection and sexual conflict. Parental care.

Evolution of human behaviour. Introduction to evolutionary psychology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: During lectures, the different aspects of the discipline will be illustrated with practical examples and supported by audio-visual material. Students are encouraged to participate discussing the topics of the lecture and presenting and critically discussing some selected topics suggested by the teacher.

On some specific topics,lectures will be complemented by seminars by experts in that field

During the course, student will be allowed to visit to the comparative psychology lab, where they will attend some ongoing experiments, and will experience directly some of the methods of investigation in animal behaviour.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Further readings ( especially for students who cannot attend to lectures)

HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION: ETHOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY.
Sovrano et al(2009) Il comportamento degli animali Parte 1 Cap 1-9; Parte 2 Cap 1-3; Parte 4 Cap 1-2;

IMPRINTING
Vallortigara (2000). Altre menti. Il Mulino Cap 3

BEHAVIOUR GENETICS
Plomin et al (2001) "Genetica del comportamento" Raffaello Cortina Cap 1-6 (I cap 2 e 4 riepilogano le conoscenze di genetica).

EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR. ALTRUISM AND COOPERATION.
Krebs e Davis Ecologia e comportamento animale Bollati Boringhieri 2002 Cap 1 e 2 Cap 11 - 12 - (13)

HUMAN MATE CHOICE
Buss Psicologia evoluzionistica. 2012, Pearson cap 3-4-5

HOMINID EVOLUTION
Manzi L' evoluzione umana Il Mulino 2007
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C Agrillo, Numeri senza linguaggio: il contributo della psicologia animale. Padova: CLEUP, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Manning, M.S. Dawkins, Il comportamento animale. Torino: Boringhieri, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A Pilastro, Sesso ed evoluzione. Milano: Bompiani, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo