COURSE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Course Aims

The general aims of the course are:

  • to revise material from earlier courses on psychobiology of the central nervous system and to review evolutionary explanations of behaviour
  • to examine the interaction between innate and acquired knowledge in animal behaviour
  • to provide an introduction to basic learning paradigms and their biological functions
  • to survey incentive-based and anxiety-based motivation, and animal and computational models for perception and memory

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • give an account of the psychobiology of the central nervous system and of evolutionary explanations of behaviour
  • describe and critically evaluate interactions between innate and acquired knowledge in animal behaviour
  • identify and accurately describe basic learning paradigms and their biological functions
  • specify the main concepts and theories covered in each of the lecture topics and the phenomena on which they are based
  • write an essay on a selection from the essay titles provided on page 7 of the course handbook