What is Comparative Psychology?

Comparative psychology is a branch of psychology which examines the similarities and differences between various species – both human and non-human – to gain a better understanding of evolutionary relationships. Studying animals and their behavior not only helps us understand more about the species itself, but can lead to a deeper understanding of human psychology.

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What do comparative psychologists do?

  • Field research studying wild animals
  • Research with animals at zoos/aquariums
  • Research with lab animals
  • Animal training
  • Animal conservation
  • Educate the public
  • And much more!