Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014
PSY 236 Biological Origins of Behavior
4 hours; 4 credits
A survey of the biological origins of diverse areas of behavior. While focusing primarily on human behavior, the course will also discuss relevant examples of behavior in animals and continuities between humans and animals. Topics will include areas such as the evolution of behavior, methods of comparative psychology and ethnology, critical periods, imprinting, aggressive behavior, social behavior, language, sexual behavior, personality, biological rhythms, certain forms of psychopathology, and nutritional factors in behavior.
Prerequisite: PSY 100
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