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Module

MMB8043 : Comparative Cognition: Information Processing in Humans and Other Animals

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr John Skelhorn
  • Demonstrator: Dr Bess Price
  • Lecturer: Professor Christopher Petkov, Dr Lucy Asher, Dr Vivek Nityananda, Professor Candy Rowe
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Humans are often believed to be unique among animals in their cognitive abilities. However, these abilities did not arise de novo, but evolved in our lineage under specific selective pressures. This means that other animals which are either closely related to us or have undergone similar selective pressures will have evolved similar cognitive abilities. In this module, the students will explore how different humans really are from other animals in our cognitive abilities, and how cognition can be studied in non-human animals.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover a number of topics in comparative cognition, taught by experts in the respective fields. These will include:

Learning and memory
Emotions and cognition
Spatial cognition
Tool use and physical cognition
Language and communication
Social learning and culture
Consciousness

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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Timetable