Animal Cognitive Ecology
Basic course information
Type: Special lecture series (Spezialvorlesung)
Thursday 26 October 08:30
Mondays 17:00 - 19:00
Thursdays 08:30 - 10:00
In this lecture series we will explore the advanced cognitive abilities of animals – how they learn, reason, think, and interact mentally with the world. The course focuses on assessing animal cognition via behavioural experimentation, and on understanding how animals use their cognitive abilities to adapt themselves to their ecological surroundings.
Some of the topics covered in the course include:
Memory and learning, including social learning
Perception, including sensory drugging and comparative psychology
Advanced cognition, including conceptual learning, metacognition, tool use, and self-awareness
Navigation and route learning
Collective cognition and group decision making
Some of the topics covered are touched upon by the Ethology and Neurobiology lecture series, but no specific knowledge is expected or assumed.
The course, and the examination at the end, are in English.
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Prof. Krueger lectures - outline and summary