Contact: Dr Robert Lachlan Overlap: None Prerequisite: None
To survive, breed and successfully raise offspring, animals' behaviour has evolved an overwhelming diversity - from nightingales' intricate songs to the coordination of fish shoals. The science of animal behaviour, by examining examples like these, has provided insights into the fundamental processes of cognition and behaviour. In this module, students will learn to integrate mechanism, development, function and evolution in evaluating one of the fastest moving fields of psychology. Examples of topics in the module include the similarities between bird song and speech development and the application of cognitive studies to address animals¿ needs and welfare.