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Students who study Animal Behaviour are concerned with understanding the causes, purposes, advancement and evolution of animal behaviour. 

Causes include both the external motivations that affect behaviour, and the internal hormonal mechanisms that control behaviour. Purposes are the immediate effects of behaviour on animals and the adaptive value in helping animals survive or reproduce successfully. Advancement is how behaviour changes over time of an animal, and how these changes are affected by both genes and experience. Evolution is the origins of behaviour patterns and how these change over generations.

Topics that you may cover

  • Functional Animal Biology: gaining an understanding of the basic principles and mechanisms of the physiology of animals, their environmental adaptations.
  • Behavioural psychology and learning: looking at some philosophy and subject matter of behavioural psychology and examines some specific applications of theories
  • Psychology of Perception: looking at general area of experimental psychology including sensation and perception. 
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