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    Macalester College
  Feb 23, 2018
College Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PSYC 389 - Inside the Animal Mind

Cross-Listed as NEUR 389 
Ever wondered what your dog is thinking or why your cat behaves a certain way? In this course students will be introduced to the questions and concepts in the study of animal cognition and the neurobiological basis for cognition. We will take a peek into the animal mind and show that many topics in animal cognition can be studied in an objective and scientific manner. The format of the seminar will include student led discussion of recent topics in the study of animal cognition. Topics may include: animal sensory abilities, abstract representations (e.g., numbers and time) cause and effect detection, memory and emotion systems and their neurobiological basis, insight and reasoning, theory of mind, and communication. Book chapters and journal articles will be employed to illustrate these concepts. Prerequisite(s):   and PSYC 201 ; or PSYC 180  and permission of instructor. (4 Credits)