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School of Psychology
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
Course unit
ANIMAL AND COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PSO2043109, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

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. 2018/19
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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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 BISAZZA ANGELO (Presidente)
AGRILLO CHRISTIAN (Membro Effettivo)
BRESSAN PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)
DADDA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
REGOLIN LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)

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 acquired during first year in the course of PSYCHOBIOLOGY
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course,the student is expected to:
- know the basic principles, the main theoretical models and the main research methods in Comparative psychology and and in the other fields that investigate animal behaviour (Ethology, Behaviour genetics, Behavioural endocrinology, Behavioural ecology);
- know the main methods to measure animal behaviour; know the main techniques for automatic recording of animal behaviour in laboratory and in field;
- know how to design a scientific research in order to answer to scientific questions on animal behaviour;
- acquire the skills for critical reading and understanding scientific papers on animal behaviour.
Examination methods: Evaluation of learning achievement will be made in the final examination which assess understanding of course topics, knowledge and integration of key concepts, processes, and research methods in the field of Animal Behaviour.
Final examination is written and consists of 12 open-questions (four with long and eight with short answer)

The exam is done on a computer interface and can be taken by the student also in English
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: The course consists of lectures, discussion of scientific articles, practicals conducted in laboratory on the main research tecniques, and classroom exercises on the design of an experiment.
Lectures will be complemented by with practical examples with the aid of audio-visual material.

Practicals and classroom exercises will be devoted to deepening the topics covered in lectures.
On specific topics,lectures will be complemented with seminars with experts of the field.
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

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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Good Health and Well-Being Life Below Water Life on Land