Psychology | Evolutionary Bases of Learning
P717 | 3605 | W. Timberlake
MEETING TIME: Monday and Friday 1:00-2:15 with 4-5 outside speakers
scheduled on Fridays at 12:15.
CONTENT: The purpose of this course is to provide students with basic
exposure to the literature on evolution and learning and an
appreciation of important conceptual issues. The majority of the
material will be drawn from work with nonhuman animals, but
similarities to issues arising in human learning will be important. We
will contrast comparison among species and individuals based on
grades, phylogeny, and gene/environment interactions. Conceptually we
will consider several ways in which evolution and learning may relate,
including integrative models, domain specific versus general
neurophysiological and adaptive processes, cost/benefit and ecological
analyses of learning.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Students will be expected to do weekly readings,
ask and answer questions, take sides, and participate in discussion.
They will also be responsible for several presentations on specific
readings and/or topic areas.
They will produce a final paper of 20-25 pages related to evolution
and learning. Reading materials will be selected from both books and
journals. It will help the student to be familiar with either
learning, evolution, or both.
QUESTIONS: Bill Timberlake, 5-4042, firstname.lastname@example.org