Plan of the course
|1||1/11||Monkeys' behavior and Human behavior.||Ariel||Task #1: read the two papers:
Watch also the movie at: http://www.freakonomics.com/times0605col.php
|2||8/11||Ariel||Task # 2: read the following two papers:
In relation to Marsh & Kacelnik's paper (and also considering the other papers), try to think about the following simple questions:
1. Are the described behaviors in the human and animals' experiments really the same?
2. Assuming they are, what is the point?
|3||15/11||Evolutionary explanations of behavior||Arnon||Presentation
Task # 3:
In light of my lecture of this week (Nov 15) and the papers of task #2, return to the paper from
task #1: Chen et al. " The evolution of our preferences: Evidence from Capuchin-monkey Trading Behavior" and try to invent a new normative model that answers the question: Why animals and humans seem to weigh losses more than twice as heavily as gains?
In other words, try to consider a game or natural circumstances under which an animal that weigh losses twice as heavily as gains (like the Capuchins in experiments 2 & 3), do better than a "rational animal" that does not show this bias.
|4||22/11||Decision making in birds||Arnon|
|5||29/11||An intorduction to ESS||Ariel|
|6||6/12||Behavioral Startegies and Ideal Free Distribution||Arnon
Roy Shalem's photo of the Zoological Garden experiement (click on the photo)
|7||13/12||An intorduction to ESS||Ariel||Task #5|
|8||20/12||Selction and Drift||Arnon|
|9||27/12||Selction and Drift||Arnon|
|10||3/1||Sex Ratio||Arnon+Ariel||John Maynahard Smith: Evolutionary Genetics Chapter 13|
|13||24/1||Cooperation||Ariel+Arnon||Task # 7:
Read the following paper on cooperation and signaling (no need to understand all the technical details, but try to understand the logic behind each payoff matrix).
|14||31/1||Zoological Garden||Arnon||Task # 8:
Before the last meeting, which will take place at the zoo (Jan 31st), read chapter 6 in Zahavi & Zahavi's Book.