This course examines the ways that evolutionary thought has influenced the study of behaviour. Fundamental evolutionary processes are introduced, and ideas about how those processes may have shaped human and animal behaviour are considered. Additional topics include biological and cognitive continuity among species, sources of individual differences in behavioural traits, evolutionarily stable strategies and states, methods of testing evolutionary hypotheses about behavior and the application of evolution to mental health research/clinical applications.
The main objective of the course is to prepare students for using evolutionary perspectives in a wide range of topics related to behavior. Students will be required to reflect on the material presented, and be able to discuss it in class. Through class discussion, the students will consolidate the material and be able to communicate their thoughts effectively to their peers and to the instructor.
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