Topics in Animal Learning
- Undergraduate: Topics in Animal Learning (NESC and PSYO 4140)
- Graduate: Topics in Animal Learning (PSYO 6240)
The seminar will focus on topics and research in fundamental and applied animal learning relating mostly to (but not exclusively) new trends in:
- The neurobiology of learning
- The ecology and ethology of learning
- Learning and motivation (the neuroethological theories, e.g., Berridge, Panksepp, etc.)
- Applied areas of animal learning using traditional and new models
- Outstanding issues in applied animal training and learning:
- Debates about the quadrant: Beyond positive reinforcement?
- Secondary (conditioned) reinforcers: Do they work the way we think?
- Beyond conditioning and behaviourist principles: Any value in cognitve, conative, and socio-affective techniques?
The course integrates both comparative (animal) psychology perspectives (conditioning principles) and biological perspectives (from ethology, neuroethology, behavioural ecology, cognitive ecology, neuroecology, etc) and beyond (behavioural economics, neuroeconomics, artifical intelligence).
The adoption of topics will be flexible and adapted to the interests of the class.