Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences Human Ethology

Photo of monkeys and humans studying each other.

Monkeys studying humans studying monkeys. (Image by Prof. Gerald Schneider.)


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Spring 2001



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Course Highlights

This undergraduate class presents human ethology for future researchers in the field, and is designed to be both broad and deep. While the course focuses primarily on humans, it explores the intersection of human ethology and animal behavior, because there are many similarities between the two disciplines.

Course Description

Survey and special topics designed for students in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Emphasizes ethological studies of natural behavior patterns and their analysis in laboratory work, with contributions from field biology (mammology, primatology), sociobiology, and comparative psychology. Stresses human behavior but also includes major contributions from studies of other animals.

Gerald Schneider. 9.52-B Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences Human Ethology, Spring 2001. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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