PSYC 932*: Neuroethology
Neural mechanisms underlying different aspects of animal behaviour. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental neural principles sculpted by natural selection to adapt different species to behavioral demands of their niche and life style. Topics to be covered include the neural basis for bird song recognition and learning, special visual mechanisms for prey, predator and conspecific recognition, auditory mechanisms for sound localization in bats, moths, insects, owls and echolocating birds, neural mechanisms of olfaction and pheromone detection, and electrosensory, infrared, magnetic, polarized light and other special sensory adaptations.
Lecture/seminar (2 hrs).