The cellular mechanisms of learning
What is the neural basis of learning?
Plasticity in synapses and the connections between neurons.
Hebbian plasticity (Donald Hebb)
The efficiency of a synapse increases when both the pre- and post synaptic c
Proximate/Ultimate Hypotheses and the Evolution of Behavior
Lecture 2 BIOL 3411
Tell me what you know about owls
Some facts about owl behavior
They are most active at night They fly very quietly They eat rodents And many other cool things:
able to swive
Genetic Mechanisms of Behavior
Lecture 3 BIOL 3411
How Doth DNA Influence Behavior?
let me count the ways:
Why Do We Care About Genes and Behavior?
1. Natural selection can only shape those aspects of behavior that have a genetic component. 2. Genetic ana
Hormonal Mechanisms of Behavior
Does gender affect behavior?
Male birds sing Males are more likely to fight Males are larger and this affects many aspects of behavior
Feeding, space use
Females give more parental care Males try to attract fem
BIOL 3411 Spring 2010 Syllabus
BIOL 3411 Introduction to Animal Behavior
Staff Contact Information
Dave Stephens 316 Ecology (Office) 612-625-5722 firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: 10:30-11:30am W ednesday in 316 Ecology, or by appointment
W r it ing good lab jour nals (hour glass effect ) L ABEL WEL L ! KEEP I T ORGAN I ZED ! Avoid anthr opomor phisms. N O
A: l ong quotes! R eading notes: -make an out line of t he lab t o follow. - define impor t ant t er ms - qualit y, not quant it y - wh
Lab reports due today. Be sure author and editor sign the coverpage, and submit rough draft with editors comments. Pairs working with vertebrates for the independent project must fill in the IACUC form available on WebVista and Lab Manual.
Pavlovian &!Instrumental! conditioning
A natural link exists between the air puff and the blink response
Air Puff ! Blink US ! UR (Unconditioned stimulus leads (Unconditioned stimulus leads unconditioned response)
The Science of Animal Behavior
Lecture 1 BIOL 3411
The Science(s) of Animal Behavior
Ethology behavior in natural settings; functions and evolutionary histories of behavior Comparative Psychology learning and perceptual mechanisms in highly controlled (la