2023-2024 / PSYC0093-1

Behavioural phenotyping


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

-Main ethical principles of animal experimentation in the fields of biological psychology and neuroscience. -Relationship between the reliability and credibility of scientific results and proper care practices in the context of a humane animal husbandry. -Analysis of a few papers dealing with the notions of pain, suffering and well-being in animals from a neurobehavioural empirical (and possibly philosophical) point of view. -Specific experimental designs, appropriate statistical methods and particular strategies (ex. adequate choice of the animal strain) aiming at reducing net animal suffering during testing without geopardizing the validity of the results and the inferential power. -Relationship between the housing complexity and the most representative somatic, cognitive and behavioural measures in the main laboratory animal species.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

See contents.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

-Basic knowledge in biopsychology, genetics and behavioural statistics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

-Analyses of scientific and possibly philosophical papers.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Ex cathedra AND/OR seminars with oral presentations by each student AND/OR individual written report (essay)

Recommended or required readings

FESTING MFW et al. (2002) The design of animal experiments: Reducing the use of animals in research through better experimental design. London: The Royal Society of Medicine.
National Research Council (2011) Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals-Eighth edition. Washington DC: The National Academies Press.

Participation in the seminars (including oral presentation) AND/OR Written report (essay) AND/OR Oral or written examination
To be decided with the students.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Phone: 04.366.20.18 ezio.tirelli@ulg.ac.be

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