Term papers (all kinds)
from previous years.
Exam: please ask for appointment by mail following the approval of your
Oral exam in my office, Rottenbiller Bldg second floor Room # 15.
January: Starting 9 A:M. any Wednesday and Thursday, ask for more dates
(January 23rd is not available)
We would discuss your term paper in context of the lectures + you get
one of the study questions to discuss:
- What are the fundamental differences in worldview between behaviourism
and early ethology?
- What are the most important forms of learning suggested by comparative
psychology and early ethology?
- What methods were used to study key stimuli (please give examples)
- What are the differences between game theory and optimisation models
in behaviour ecology?
- How could impairment of a particular sensation be adaptive in evolution?
- What are the similarities and differences between evolutionary and
- How can alternative mating strategies co-exist in a population?
- What are the possible connections between parental investment and
- What evidence suggest that the hyppocampus is critical in spatial
- What are the differences between reciproc and obligate altruism? What
role do they play in non-human and human populations?
- (What would be your approach to treat a dog said to be aggressive?
- Are cognitive skills of humans unprecedented in the animal kingdom?
- What are the supposed main differences in mate choice between the
Please start the exam with an outline of what you would talk about. Give
actual examples. Prepare for a discussion, be ready to defend your point
Excerpts from my correspondence with students:
- Dear XY,
what you did in the first place was to copy and paste full sentences,
called copy-paste plagiarism. I can forget about that if you do not
come back at this issue with further explanations. I found your source.
Remains between us.
This version contains less cop-paste stuff, but it still does.
Why don't you read one of your articles, understand, sit back and
think about it. What was the aim of the authors? Why is the question
important? Where the methods used appropriate. What did they get?
does it mean?
You can write that up in 1-2 pages in your own words. It is not an
English course, so do not worry about your style. But then, if you
invite a native speaker to review your paper I am sure he/she would
happy to do so provided he/she can slip some beer/coke while working
Best wishes, Peter Kabai