PSYCH 387

Introduction to Primate Behavior

Psychology College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Course Description

Overview of primate behavior; the role of parental care on developmental outcome, functional neurobiology, and psychopathology.

When Taught

Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Title

1. The diversity of primate species and environments

Learning Outcome

Students will recognize the diversity of primate species and environments, and examine representative species in detail. Measurement: In-class quizzes and exams on the assigned reading.

Title

2. Specific aspects of primate behavior

Learning Outcome

Students will examine specific aspects of behavior, including emotion, cognition, language, parental care, sociality, functional neurobiology, and psychopathology. Measurement: In-class quizzes and exams on the assigned reading.

Title

3. Compare and contrast non-human and human primates

Learning Outcome

Students will compare and contrast nonhuman-primate and human behavior and environments, and consider the implications for personal beliefs about human behavior. Measurement: Literature review on a self-selected topic in multiple drafts with peer-, Writing Center-, and instructor-review.