Contact: Dr Robert Lachlan Overlap: None Prerequisite: BIO113
For students on C800 Psychology. This module builds on the theme of psychology as a biological science presented in the Exploring Psychology module and develops them further by specifying the evolutionary and comparative context of contemporary psychology. Broad topic areas covered include animal cognition, animal behaviour, evolutionary psychology, and developmental processes in the human infant and child, how comparative work may inform developmental psychology, and whether humans are unique in the animal kingdom: 1) Evolution and psychology: the importance of evolution for the behavioural sciences, natural selection, sexual selection, kin selection and reciprocity. 2) How does behaviour develop?: adaptationism and modularity, cognitive ethology, animal learning theory, behavioural ecology.