PSY/BIO 226: Comparative Animal Behavior
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Class Schedule

Readings indicated below should be read on or before the date they appear. The instructor reserves the right to alter this schedule or other terms of the syllabus as she deems necessary. Mark the dates of quizzes, assignments, and exams in your calendar now. Be sure to let me know in advance of any known conflicts.

*A: Alcock text; W: Wilson text

 DAY

 DATE

 TOPIC

 READING

 In-Class

DUE THAT DAY

W

21-Jan

 Introduction to the Course;
Asking Questions About Behavior

 W: Ch. 1-3;
A: Ch. 1-2; handout on methods
The significance of animal behavior research
;
Another example of the 4 questions;
Comparative Psychology vs Ethology; 4 Questions Revisited.

 lecture; video

Study for quiz!

F

23-Jan

 Answering Questions About Behavior:
"Research Methods in a Zoo Setting"

Handouts; Dan Moriarty's Research Methods in Animal Behavior

Practice methods;
Receive 1st Writing Assignment;

In addition, read first 4 paragraphs of this website

 nothing

M

26-Jan

Happy Chinese New Year! (The year of the ox starts today!)

Points of View: Evolution

A: Ch. 6; W: Ch. 4-7


lecture
Quiz 1 (on syllabus)
W
28-Jan
Points of View: Evolution, contin.
Get M&M Evolution Homework
nothing
Th
29-Jan
Last day to add without having to pay a late fee
F
30-Jan

Answering the 1st of the Four Questions: How Does Behavior Develop?

Behavioral Ontogeny

A: Ch. 3
lecture
nothing
Sat
31-Jan
Celebrate the Hindu goddess of learning by doing your homework today!

M

 2-Feb

Groundhog Day!

Behavior Genetics

Celebrate this unique animal behavior holiday by hugging your favorite animal!

(If you need a review of some basic genetics, try these notes from North Dakota State University)
PTC Paper demo
W
4-Feb
Behavior Genetics, contin.
lecture
M&M Evolution Homework Summary
F
6-Feb

Answering the 2nd of the Four Questions: What is the proximate cause of the behavior?

The Machinery of Behavior

lecture
 Study for quiz 2!

M

9-Feb

The Machinery of Behavior, contin.

lecture;

Get "design a bug" homework

 Study for quiz 2!

W
11-Feb

The 1st of the Four Questions: What Makes Behavior Occur?

Hormones and Behavior

A: Ch. 5

Quiz 2;

lecture

"Design a bug" homework ; Study for Exam!
Th
12-Feb

      

Darwin's 200th Birthday

(also the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species)

Keep a lookout for special events on campus this day!

It is also President Lincoln's birthday and Prof. Leibowitz' birthday--be sure to wish her a happy one!

F

 13-Feb

Hormones and Behavior, contin.

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Last day to register for Pass/Grade/Fail

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Betta fish lab; Get 1st Take-Home Exam!

 1st Writing Assignment due!

Sat
14-Feb
Happy Hearts' Day from me and Zucchini!
M
16-Feb

Presidents' Day

Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

lecture
 nothing 

W

 18-Feb

Teach-in on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

discussion; get homework on universal rights
 nothing
F
20-Feb
The idea of Instinct
lecture
 nothing 

M

 23-Feb

Maha Shivaratri: The Hindu Clebration of Shiva

Behavioral Ontongeny: Learning as a Proximate Mechanism

lecture

1st Take-Home Exam!

W
25-Feb
Why the Deer and the Antelope Play
lecture; get 2nd writing assignment
 universal declaration of rights homework due

F

27-Feb

Sensory Processes and the Idea of "Umwelt"

W: Ch. 8-10; handouts

lecture
 nothing
M
2-March

Sensory Processes, contin.

handouts

lecture
nothing 
W
4-Mar
Sensory Processes, contin.
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video

2nd Writing Assignment

F

6-Mar

Solving the Trials of Life: Finding a Place to Live

A: Ch. 8; handouts;

read Dr. Neil Greenberg's notes on habitat selection here.

also, some notes on dispersal

lecture;

pillbug taxis experiment

nothing
WEEK OF
9-Mar to 13-Mar

SPRING BREAK!

Have a relaxing one!

M
9-Mar
Mawli al-nabi; the Muslim celebration of the birthday of Muhammed
M-W
9-Mar to 11-Mar
W-Th
11-Mar to 12-Mar
Happy Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors
M
16-Mar
Finding a Place to Live, contin.

Read Dr. Ed Murphy's notes on habitat selection here;

and here ;

Also, read Dr. Gary Ritchison's notes on territoriality

video
Study for quiz 3!
T
17-Mar
W
18-Mar
Solving the Trials of Life: Finding Food
A: Ch. 7; W: Ch. 11
lecture
Study for quiz 3!
F
20-Mar

First Day of Spring!

Finding Food, contin.

 

Last day to drop without penalty

Quiz 3; lecture
nothing
Sat
21-Mar
M
23-Mar

Avoiding Being Eaten

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lecture;
in-class predator demo; Get 3rd WA; Get Take-Home Exam 2!
nothing

W

 25-Mar

Finding Food, contin.

video

nothing

F

27-Mar

 

Communication

 

A: Ch. 9; W: Ch. 13

lecture

nothing

M

 30-Mar

Communication, contin.   

video

Take-Home Exam 2!

W

1-April

 

Happy April Fool's Day!

Sex and Reproduction

A: Ch. 10

lecture
nothing
F
3-April

 

Ram Navami

Sex and Reproducation, contin.

A: Ch. 11
Video
3rd WA due!

M

6-April

Sex and Reproduction, contin.

lecture

nothing

 W

8-April

Sex and Reproduction, contin.

video

nothing

Th
9-April
Through April 15th

 F

 10-April

Parental Behavior

Read more on parenting here

lecture

nothing

Sun
12-April
Don't eat too much candy!

M

13-April

Parental Behavior, contin.

Read about parent-offspring conflict here

lecture

nothing

M

14-April

Aggresssion and Social Conflict

Read Neil Greenberg's notes on aggression

lecture

nothing

W
15-April
The Evolution of Social Behavior

A: Ch. 13

lecture
nothing
F
17-April
Social Behavior, contin.

lecture

Study for quiz 4!
S
19-Apr

Orthodox Easter

M
20-April

Boston Marathon

Yom Hashoah

Social Behavior, contin.

lecture

Study for quiz 4!
W
22-Apr

Earth Day

Do something good for the planet--it's the only one we've got!

Social Behavior, contin.
Quiz 4; lecture
nothing
F
24-April

Arbor Day!

Social Behavior, contin.

lecture; cooperation game
nothing

M

27-April

Social Behavior, contin.

video
 nothing
W
29-April
Social Behavior, contin.

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lecture
 nothing
F
1-May

Behavior and Captivity

Last day to submit any extra credits or revised writing assignments

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lecture; Receive Take-Home Exam 3

Study for exam!
Sat
2-May
Happy Birthday, Buddha!
T
5-May
Don't drink too much cerveza!
S
9-May
3rd Exam Due by 5pm on this day!

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