Comparative Cognition

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Comparative Cognition

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 and PSYC 212

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Learning and cognitive processes in different species.

    In this paper, we will compare the ability of different animal species to remember, communicate, form concepts, recognise themselves in a mirror, possess a theory of mind and engage in episodic memory, planning and mental time travel. The paper is taught as a critical thinking course. You will be taught to challenge dogma and think laterally by reading and criticising original pieces of scientific work.

    Course Structure
    A large component of the class centres on class discussion of current topics in comparative animal cognition, such as:
    -Conceptual behaviour
    -Numerical competence
    -Theory of mind

    Assessment: 50% of the final grade will be based on internal assessments (tests and short reports), and 50% will be from the final exam.

    Terms: A student who completes fewer than 50% of the assignments in a paper will not meet terms and may not sit the final examination in that paper.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students will be presented with published findings and asked to challenge the design and interpretation of the data. Learning outcomes focus on the development of critical thinking and clear communication skills.

    Text books are not required for this paper.
    Original articles will be made available.

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