Animal Intelligence and the Social Brain


Complexity of animals' social lives, with focus on cognitive implications of sociality on acquisition, expression, and transmission of knowledge. Topics include: discrimination & insight learning; social influences on behavior; tool use & causality; traditions & cultural transmission; mechanisms of recognition, knowledge of social domain; prosociality & play; coalitions, cooperation, & reciprocity; conflict, punishment, & reconciliation; vocal & gestural communication; sharing; language & instruction; knowing what others know; self recognition & social monitoring; tactical deception & social manipulation; social norms/morality. Prerequisite: EvAnth 101 or Bio 202.
Curriculum Codes
  • R
  • NS
Cross-Listed As
  • BIOLOGY 363S
  • EVANTH 363S
Typically Offered
Spring Only