Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Human Ethology) OpenCourseWare: A Free Online Bachelor Level Human Ethology Class by MIT

Published Feb 03, 2009

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OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology includes this course on the study of animal behavior, human behavior and the intersection of the two. In 'Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Human Ethology),' students are asked to consider and analyze work from other behavioral disciplines and draw conclusions based on their study. This self-study class is from the MIT courses offered for a Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Human Ethology): Course Specifics

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Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Human Ethology): Course Description

Students begin this MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences course with a look at how we learn about the behavior of animals and of humans, including the impact of folktales, religious practices, the casual observer or hobbyists, and the humane society. They look at life cycles, aggression, social structures and much more. Along the way, students are asked to consider how this collective understanding can be enhanced through basic scientific research. This class was taught by Professor Gerald Schneider. Undergraduate students who are interested in behavioral research careers get a chance to explore the entire field and gain an understanding of the intersection of the various disciplines.

This class in the behavioral sciences includes a reading list and an extensive resource list, with links to articles on evolutionary psychology and links to societies that focus on linguistics, neuroscience and cognition. For more information on this MIT OpenCourseWare course, please visit this Brain and Cognitive Sciences course page.

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