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BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE IN ANIMALS

Co-Coordinators

Efthimios Skoulakis, Researcher A, BSRC Alexander Fleming

Antonios Stamatakis, Associate Professor of Biology-Biology of Behaviour

Teaching hours and weekly schedule

This a 2nd semester 3,5 weeks elective course that corresponds to 6 ECTs and 72 total hours of teaching; 39 hours lectures and 33 hours of student presentation.

The weekly schedule could be according to the table below. The teaching hours/day may be increased if necessary

Weekly Program for 6 ECTs

6 ECTs=42 hours of teaching+30 hours student presentations

Total: 3,5 weeks Χ teaching hours/day

Monday

4

14

Tuesday

4

14

Wednesday

4

14

Thursday

4

14

Friday

4

14

Description

This course will explore the general themes and important questions in the field of animal behavior including the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms.  Topics will include the underlying genetics of behavior, behavioral development, various forms of learning, decision making, social interaction, sexual and parental behavior. The goal of this course to familiarize students with animal models emulating emotional and cognitive functions of humans.

Course Overview

  • Attention & Habituation
  • Learning & Memory I: Aplysia-molecular concepts
  • Learning & Memory II: Mammals –Hippocampus
  • Learning & Memory III: LTP & place cells
  • Learning & Memory IV: Adult neurogenesis
  • Learning & Memory V: Drosophila
  • Learning & Memory VI: Zebra fish
  • Emotions and the limbic system
  • Motivation and the reward system of the brain
  • Prefrontal cortex: Decision making, working memory and monitoring of behavior
  • Social Interaction & aggression Ι-Non mammalian species 12. Social Interaction & aggression ΙΙ-Mammals
  • Sexual behavior
  • Maternal/Parental behavior
  • Effects of early life experiences on emotion and cognition

Skills & Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the students will be acquainted with the scientific research on animal behavior and will understand the complexity of the mechanisms controlling behavior.

Goals will be to:

  1. Gain knowledge of common biological terms and principles used in the study of animal  behaviour
  2. Comprehend behavioral terms and principles and demonstrate this comprehension via interpretation of material in lecture
  3. Apply studied behavioral terms and principles to new situations
  4. Analyze behavioral principles based on the ability to distinguish between facts and inferences
  5. Synthesize general principles from different sub-fields of behavior to solve problems using creative thinking
  6. Evaluate behavioral principles in a study of the behavioral literature

 

Titles of the lectures and the names of the lecturers

 

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Lecture Hours

Behavioral Neuroscience in animals

Lecturer

 

 

 

 

1

3

Attention & Habituation

Efthymios Skoulakis & Antonis Stamatakis

2

3

Learning & Memory I: Aplysia-molecular concepts

Fotini Stylianopoulou

3

3

Learning & Memory II: Mammals –Hippocampus

Antonis Stamatakis

4

3

Learning & Memory III: LTP & place cells

Irini Skaliora & Christos Consoulas

5

3

Learning & Memory IV: Adult neurogenesis

Christina Dalla

6

3

Learning & Memory V: Drosophila

Efthymios Skoulakis

7

3

Learning & Memory VI: Zebra fish

Athanasios Metaxakis

8

3

Emotions and the limbic system

Antonis Stamatakis & Irini Skaliora

9

3

Motivation and the reward system of the brain

George Panagis

10

3

Prefrontal cortex: Decision making, working memory and monitoring of behavior

Antonis Stamatakis

11

3

Social Interaction & aggression Ι-Non mammalian species (flies and arthropods)

Efthymios Skoulakis

12

3

Social Interaction & aggression ΙΙ-Mammals

Androniki Raftogianni

13

3

Sexual behavior

Fotini Stylianopoulou

 

 

 

 

 

Total Lecture hours

39

 

 

Total student presentation hours

33

 

 

Total teaching hours

72