Eco-ethology and cognitive ethology
Persons in charge : Bruno SIMMEN
The aim of the behavioral ecology is to understand the behavior of the animal in its natural environment and its survival strategies in an evolutionary perspective.
The cognitive ethology adds the consideration of the skills of the animal, in particular its representations and its intentionality (beliefs, desires, etc...).
Team Eco-ethology and cognitive ethology is working particularly on primates (lemurs and great apes) and dogs (particularly guide dogs). It addresses a variety of evolutionary problems, and so far has focused on issues of supply and use of tools (including the process of self-medication).
Consider the ratio of animal to human ethology and open to the social sciences are two major characteristics of the approach taken by the team.