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Part 1 Instructions: homework#4
The links below provide several
full length videos on exciting examples of animal learning and
intelligence. Each video is around 45-50 minutes long from either Nova.
Please pick 1 full length
video (45-50 minutes) that interests you from the links provided below
to watch. You need to watch the entire video in full. You are not
required to watch multiple videos (unless of course you want a fun
*Choice A (there are 3 full length videos on this link – you only need to pick 1 video if you choose Choice A)
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*Choice B:
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*Choice C:
How smart are Animals NOVA w/ Neil DeGrasse Tyson HD
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Please answer the questions below:
1) Which video did you pick (i.e., what is the title)?
2) In 2-3 complete sentences in your own words, what was the video about?
3) In complete sentences, please give me 4 facts that you found interesting while watching the video.
4) Please provide 2 conclusions (in your own words and in complete
sentences) about animal learning and/or intelligence the video left you
Part 2 instructions:
I am a huge fan of animal learning and intelligence! Please pick a
species that interests you, and do a short amount of research (15 min)
on facts about that animals intelligence.

You can use any web
references and there is no need to site references, just make sure you are not on a mom blog! This a fun – low stakes homework, no need to stress.
The links below provide factual and fun clips from Nova/BBC if you
would like to pick one of those animals.
Otherwise, feel free to select
a different animal and use different resources. And remember,
intelligence doesnt always have to be high cognition like a great ape
or a dolphin…intelligence can be social, feeding related, or defense
strategies…think octopus!
Some short videos on animal learning that may interest you for Part 2. However, you can pick any species that interest you!
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Please answer the questions below:
5) Which animal did you pick?
6) In your own words and in complete (good grammar) sentences, please
describe 4 facts about the learning processes and/or the intelligence
of the animal you picked.
7) Please give me your general opinion (there is no right or wrong
answer) in no more than 4-6 sentences of the following questions:
you think animals are intelligent?
Do you think animal intelligence is
often overlooked or understudied?

For Homework #5, please watch the following video and answer the
question below in complete sentences and in your own words.
Please use
the text entry submission method from previous homeworks:
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1. What are 2 advantages of living in large social groups?
2. Please give an example of a species that lives in large social groups.
3. What are 2 disadvantages about living in large social groups?
4. What is 1 benefit of being a solitary animal?
5. What is 1 disadvantage of being a solitary animal?
6. Please give an example of species that lives a solitary lifestyle.
The following are just some things to think about while watching the video:
As you watch this episode keep in mind what it takes to make living
with others of your own kind work out to be a benefit. You will want to
take notes of the examples shown of the different animals, the
arrangement of their social groups, and the challenges they face living
Social behavior
Social behavior is interactions between two or more organisms, typically animals, usually conspecifics
Some animals are more social than others, with the minimal social
behavior necessary between sexually reproducing animals being that
associated with mating
The complexity of behavior increases dramatically when interactions
among individuals are considered. Aggression, courtship, cooperation,
and even deception are part of the behavioral landscape of social
behavior. Social behavior has both costs and benefits to members of
those species that interact extensively.
Society – a group of individuals
of the same species that is organized in a cooperative manner usually
extending beyond sexual and parental behavior.
Cooperation – the aggregation of individuals for mutual benefit.