Week 2 Independent project overview

Week 2 Independent project overview - BioNB 2210, Fall 2011...

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BioNB 2210, Fall 2011 Independent research project: overview and guidelines The best way for you to learn how to study behavior is to do it yourself! This semester, you will design and carry out your own study of non-human animal behavior. This will involve (1) choosing a study species and conducting initial behavioral observations, (2) formulating a specific research question about a clearly defined behavior, and (3) collecting and analyzing behavioral data that will enable you to answer that question. Once you have completed your study, you will write up your study in the style of an article from the journal Biology Letters. To get an idea of what kind of papers are published in this journal, look at papers in the journal’s online archives: http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/by/year Main learning objectives 1. Become more aware and curious about the interesting behaviors that are going on in the world around you by observing, and asking questions about, some of these behaviors. 2. Formulate a specific research question about a clearly-defined behavior that you find intriguing. 3. Gain first-hand experience planning your own behavioral study, collecting quantitative behavioral data, and analyzing those data to obtain an answer to your question. 4.
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course BIONB 2210 taught by Professor Seeley during the Fall '10 term at Cornell.

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