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300352 VO Animal Social Cognition (2016W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Language: English

Examination dates



FR 14.00-15.30 Uhr im COSB Seminarraum, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien, Beginn: 14.10.2016


Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture focuses on 'higher forms' of cognition (also known as complex cognition) and its expression in the social domain. Skills such as imitation, deception, language and culture are often considered as human-specific. Recent research reveals building blocks of these abilities not only in primates but also in some distantly related animals, raising the possibility that higher cognitive skills have evolved multiple times.

Assessment and permitted materials


Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The lecture provides an overview of recent concepts and methods in the study of complex cognition with a focus on the social domain. It aims to raise awareness for an evolutionary perspective to cognition and the proper use of the comparative approach.

Examination topics

Lecture, structured in three units (social complexity, social knowledge, social learning

Reading list

Association in the course directory

MVN W-12, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04,

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