Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course provides the background about nervous system and the principles of learning needed to understand the normal ethogram of the horse.
Course prerequisites: all first year courses
Course contents summary
Lymbic system and emotions. Hypothalamus and homeostasis. Innate behaviors. Learned behaviors:classic and operant conditioning. Reward and punishment. Impriniting. Special senses. Social behavior and hierarchy. Territorial behavior. Pheromones. Biology of stress: endocrine and behavioral aspects.
· Sjaastad O.V., Hove K., Sand O. “Physiology of domestic animals”, Scandinavian Veterinary Press;
Mills D., Nankervis K. "Comportamento equino. Principi e pratica", Calderini Edagricole.