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9.20 Animal Behavior (Fall 2013, MIT OCW). Instructor: Professor Gerald Schneider. The introductory topics will cover various approaches to the study of animals and their behavior.

Key concepts in studies of animal behavior, emphasizing ethology, are covered in class and in the assigned readings from Scott (2005), supplemented by selections from other books, especially from classics in the field as well as selected videos. Next, key concepts in sociobiology are covered using readings from Alcock (2001), supplemented by selections from additional books and some video presentations. (from ocw.mit.edu)

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  • Lecture 01 – Introduction to Animal Behavior and How It is Studied Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Introduction to Ethology Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Ethology and Konrad Lorenz’ Jackdaws Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Fixed Action Patterns and Central Nervous System Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Innate Behaviors, Motivation and Fundamentals of Ethology Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Lorenz on Fundamental Ethology, Part 1 Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Lorenz on Fundamental Ethology, Part 2 Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Lorenz on Fundamentals of Ethology, Part 3 Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Evolution and the Development and Plasticity of Behavior, Part 1 Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Evolution and the Development and Plasticity of Behavior, Part 2 Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Communication and Meerkats of the Kalahari Desert, Part 1 Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Communication and Meerkats of the Kalahari Desert, Part 2 Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Foraging Behaviors Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Anti-predator Behavior Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Mating and Reproduction Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Sociobiology Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Genetic Influences on Social Behavior Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Sociobiology, Mating Behaviors and Scientific Method Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Discoveries of Sociobiology Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Discoveries of Sociobiology (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Critique of Cultural Determinism Unlimited
  • Lecture 27 – Sociobiology and Culture; Practical Issues and Sociobiology Unlimited
  • Lecture 28 – Triumph of Sociobiology and Learning Unlimited
  • Lecture 29 – Konrad Lorenz on Learning, Part 2 Unlimited
  • Lecture 30 – Konrad Lorenz on Learning, Part 3 Unlimited

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