Knowledge of the physiological bases of animal behavior
Course contents summary
Functional organization of the nervous system.
Regulation of emotional and behavioral patterns by the hypothalamus and the lymbic system. Biological rhythms. Motivation and learning. Classic conditioning. Trial and error learning: reward and punishment. Social behavior and hierarchy. Territorial behavior and marking. Pheromones. Stress and distress in domestic animals. Fight or flight reaction. Welfare in farm animals.
Etologia degli animali domestici, Per Jensen, McGraw-Hill, Milano.
Lectures to make tha student able to understand the neurophysiological bases of animal behavior. Develop the skills of critical analysis aimed at resolving problems related to the future profession. Training objectives of the practical part: reinforce the principles discussed during the lessons and experience of acquisition and interpretation of physiological and behavioural parameters.
Assessment methods and criteria
written and oral exam.The teaching mode and teaching methodologies in relation to learning outcomes stated above consist of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, research in the archive or library.