Universität Wien FIND

300217 VO Comparative Behavioral Research (2021S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates



This course will be held ONLINE and in a blocked format, from April to June 2021, always on Wednesdays 13:00-15:30.

14.04. - Practical stuff; Why would I join this lecture?; Concepts, concepts, concepts
21.04. - Methodology from an interdisciplinary and comparative point of view
28.04. - The ToM battle
05.05. - The ToM battle continues
12.05. - Helping, sharing, caring - Prosocial behavior
19.05. - That special bond - Attachment
26.05. - TBA
02.06. - TBA
09.06. - What is beauty? And who cares?
16.06. - Science Fiction; Q&A
23.06. - Exam


Aims, contents and method of the course

The investigation of human and non-human behaviour has been the focus of many related fields (e.g. behavioural biology, psychology, cognitive sciences, anthropology). Despite often closely-related research objectives, exchange between the disciplines has sometimes been hampered by differences in used paradigms and terminology. Moreover, although the great value of comparative behavioural research has been well established, comparing behaviour across species, contexts, and/or cultures remains a challenge. This interdisciplinary lecture will use selected examples from social cognition to highlight the differences and similarities in methodologies, analytical strategies, and interpretational frameworks of closely related fields of behavioural research and explore the advantages and pitfalls of comparative behavioural research.

This course will be held in English.

Assessment and permitted materials

Open book exam

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Exam (75%)
- Active participation (25%)

Examination topics

Critical synthesis of lecture content.

I value original and creative contributions over perfect grammar, vocabulary, and formulation! With good scientific practice in mind, contributions will be checked with the Turnitin plugin in Moodle.

Reading list

Primer literature:

Liebal, K., & Haun, D. B. M. (2018). Why cross-cultural psychology is incomplete without comparative and developmental perspectives. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(5), 751-763.

Keestra, M., & Menken, S. (Eds.). (2016). An introduction to interdisciplinary research: Theory and practice. Amsterdam University Press.

Relevant literature is provided on the Moodle platform.

Association in the course directory

MVN W-12, WZB (MVN), MAN 3, Modul A4 (Psychologie)

Last modified: We 15.03.2023 00:24