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Unit ETHOLOGY

Course
Natural and environmental sciences and technologies
Study-unit Code
GP004104
Curriculum
In all curricula
Teacher
Manuela Rebora
Teachers
  • Manuela Rebora - Didattica Ufficiale
Hours
  • 42 ore - Didattica Ufficiale - Manuela Rebora
CFU
6
Course Regulation
Coorte 2019
Offered
2019/20
Learning activities
Affine/integrativa
Area
Attività formative affini o integrative
Sector
BIO/05
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
English
Contents
Ethology's aims and history. The questions about behaviour. Proximate causation. Modern ethology. Fixed action pattern and releasing stimuli. The ethogram. The formation and regulation of the behavior in the development of the individual. Sensitive periods. Learning (abituation, association) and memory. Play. Imitation. Neuroetholgy. Higher centers of neuronal control. Genes and behavior. Behaviour and phylogeny. Behavioural Ecology (to survive, to find food, to find a place where to live, the communication, the reproduction, social behavior, the human behavior).
Reference texts
John Alcock "Etologia, un approccio evolutivo" Ed. Zanichelli
Raymond Campman, Felicita Scapini "Etologia" Ed Zanichelli
Educational objectives
To be able to analyse the animal behaviour under an evolutionary perspective, to be able to create an ethogram
Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of zoology and animal biology
Teaching methods
frontal lessons
Other information
Frequency optional but strongly advised
Learning verification modality
oral exam (two-three questions, half an hour) at the end of the course to verify the acquisition of learning autcomes
Extended program
Ethology's aims and history. The questions about behaviour. Proximate causation. Modern ethology. Fixed action pattern and releasing stimuli. The ethogram. The formation and regulation of the behavior in the development of the individual. Sensitive periods. Learning (abituation, association) and memory. Play. Imitation. Neuroetholgy. Higher centers of neuronal control. Genes and behavior. Behaviour and phylogeny. Behavioural Ecology (to survive, to find food, to find a place where to live, the communication, the reproduction, social behavior, the human behavior).
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