Behavioural Physiolgy

Course Code :2001WETGED
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:60
Study load (hours):140
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Marcel Eens
Annie Pinxten
Wendt Müller

3. Course contents *

The description and analyses of proximal mechanical causality are central to this course (formal lectures, seminar work, supervised practical exercises).  Numerous examples will be used to show t hat understanding physiological and neural mechanisms which underpin behaviour can provide an important contribution to evolutionary biological research. The complex relationship between behaviour and hormones are taken into consideration (behaviour endocrinology), and this in an explicitly evolutionary framework. The structure and functions of the brain as it adapts to the physical and social environment of animals (evolutionary behavioural neurobiology) will also be covered.




Special attention will be paid to:


  • The proximal basis of male and female reproductive behaviour, social behaviour, parental behaviour and biological rhythms.
  • Sex differences in the physical structure of the brain by different taxa and the relationship with sexual-dimorphic conduct;
  • Evolutionary neurobiological research regarding reproduction and sexual development;
  • Bio-psychological concepts and topics;
    Cognitive, learning and memory processes.