General Information


Instructor:                Dr. Charles I. Abramson

Office:                    Psychology Department - North Murray 401

Laboratory:                Life Sciences West - 117

Phone:                    744-6027 (Office), 744-6561 (Lab)

Office Hour:                Monday 9:00 – 10:00 and by Appointment

Class Times: M,W, F 12:30-1:20 (CLB 213)

Pre-requisites:                A desire to learn

Course Goals:                Psychology 3113 will introduce you to the basic principles, concepts, and technical

language of the comparative analysis of behavior. The format will be lectures and                 laboratory experiences.


Materials:                The reading assignments will come predominately from A primer of invertebrate

learning (Abramson, 1994). The book is available from the OSU bookstore. Occasionally the books will be supplemented with additional readings.


A second source of materials will come from the lectures and discussions. The lectures will overlap the books but will often not be identical to it.


A third source of materials will come from the laboratory section. The laboratories are designed to illustrate the lectures.


A fourth source of materials, and perhaps the most important, are your experiences, goals, desires, and expectations. Be motivated!


Examinations:        There will be three exams. The first two exams will be approximately 50 short answer – multiple choice questions and worth 33.3% of your grade. The final examination is an approximately 70 question test in a multiple choice - short answer format. The final is cumulative. The grading scale is: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59.



Attendance:                Attendance in lectures is strongly encouraged. Attendance will provide you with the

opportunity to discuss and learn about material that is not covered in the readings. It is your responsibility to notify me of any circumstances that may interfere with your work in the course.


Important!                Do not make the mistake that because the readings are comparably light this course

will be “easy.” Nothing could be further from the truth. You are only assigned one book in an effort to keep your book costs low. Much of the material will not be in the books!



Dropping:                Last day to add a course (nonrestrictive)                                                           8-23-02           

                                Last day to add a course (restrictive)                                                                  8-30-02

Last day to drop a course with no grade:                                                           8-30-02

                                Last day to drop a course with an automatic grade of  “W”:                            11-8-02

                                Last day to withdraw from all courses with automatic grade of “W”:        11-8-02

                                Last day to withdraw from all courses with assigned grades of “W” or “F”  11-27-02



Cheating:                It goes without saying that academic dishonesty will not be permitted.

                                You will be required to leave the class and be given a grade of “F”.



Date        Topic                                                                                      Reading

8-19M                Syllabus; Orientation                                                          Lec

8-21W    What is comparative psychology                                           Ch. 1, 2

8-23F      History of comparative psychology I                        Lec         

8-26M     History of comparative psychology II                       Lec

8-28W                Comparative psychology around the world                  Lec

8-30F      How to design a comparative experiment I                           Lec

9-2M       Holiday 

9-4W      How to design a comparative experiment II                         Lec

9-6F        Tools of the trade                I                                                               Ch. 3

9-9M       Tools of the trade II                                                             Ch. 3

9-11W                Nonassociative learning I                                                   Ch. 4

9-13F                Nonassociative learning II                                                 Ch. 4

9-16M                Associative learning I                                                         Ch. 5, 6

9-18W                Associative learning II                                                        Ch. 5, 6

9-20F      Some comparative data I                                                               Lec

9-23M     Some comparative data II                                                             Lec

9-25W    Practical applications of comparative psychology                Lec

9-27F      Review

9-30M     Test 1 (all readings, notes, slides, movies)

10-2W                Comparative cognition I                                                     Lec

10-4F                Comparative cognition II                                                    Lec

10-7             Fall Break     

10-9W    Cross-cultural psychology I                                        Lec

10-11F    Cross – cultural psychology II                                       Lec

10-14M                Comparative intelligence I                                                  Lec

10-16W                Comparative intelligence II                                                Lec

10-18F                Comparative social behavior I                                              Lec

10-21M                Comparative social behavior II                                             Lec

10-23W Comparative reproductive behavior I                              Lec

10-25F                Comparative reproductive behavior II

10-28M                Comparative physiology I                                                  Ch 7

10-30W                Comparative Physiology II                                                                Ch 7

11-1F      Feeding behavior I                                                              Lec

11-4M     Feeding behavior II                                                             Lec

11-6W    TBA

11-8F      Review Test 2 (all readings, notes, slides, movies)

11-11M   Test 2

11-13W                Aggressive behavior I                                                        Lec

11-15F                Aggressive behavior II                                                      Lec

11-18M   Animals in War I                                                                  Lec

11-20W Animals in War II                                                                Lec

11-22F    Animals in therapy I                                                            Lec

11-25M   Animals in therapy II                                                          Lec

11-27W  Review

11-29F    Holiday

12-2M     Dead Week

12-4W    Dead Week

12-6F      Dead Week

12-13F    Final (Cumulative) 10:00-11:50