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Animal Cognition

This course covers the cognitive capacity of animals with an interdisciplinary ethological, ecological and evolutionary perspective.

We address the major theoretical and practical aspects of animal cognition. We will define what animal cognition is and how the subject has changed over the last decades to become one of the most important fields within ethology, psychology, ecology and evolutionary biology. Lectures will provide careful examination of animal communication and language, learning, social learning, memory, neurophysiology, the practical study of cognition and learning, and the link between ecology and cognition from an evolutionary viewpoint.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, group work and seminars. Participation in group work, seminars and group education associated with this is compulsory.

    Learning outcomes

    It is expected that the student after taking the course will be able to 1) give an account of the major theories concerning animal cognition, 2) give an account of how cognition is a fundamental aspect of adaptations to the physical and social
    environment, and 3) formulate a relevant hypothesis concerning animal cognition and plan an empirical study to test the hypothesis.

    Assessment

    Examination takes place through written examination and written as well as oral presentation.

    Examiner

    Niclas Kolm

    E-mail: niclas.kolm@zoologi.su.se

    Tel: +46 8 16 4050

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    No mandatory course literature.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor (advanced level)