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Theories of minds: the theoretical bases of comparative cognition

Event

Starts:

January
182012

09:00

Ends:

January
192012

17:00

Location

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Overview

Satellite meeting organised by Professor Nicky Clayton FRS, Dr Alex Thornton and Dr Uri Grodzinski

Event details

Empirical research into animal cognition is growing rapidly, but lacks a sound theoretical framework. How can we empirically distinguish different cognitive mechanisms, and assess their complexity? How does cognition evolve? This workshop will provide a unique forum for discussion between eminent evolutionary, cognitive and computational theorists and empirical researchers, paving the way for a robust, theoretically-grounded science of comparative cognition.

This event followed a broader Discussion meeting Animal minds: from computation to evolution 16 – 17 January 2012.

Biographies of the organisers and speakers are available below and audio recordings are freely available.

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Schedule of talks

Day 1

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18th Jan Afternoon Discussion

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Ecological rationality and environmental complexity

Professor John McNamara, University of Bristol, UK

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18th Jan Morning Discussion 1

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18th Jan Morning Discussion 2

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Nonhuman animals aren't people: how folk psychology has ruined comparative psychology and what we should do about it

Professor Derek Penn, UCLA, USA

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Opening Address: reflections on comparative cognition

Professor Daniel Dennett, Tufts University, USA

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Day 2

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19th Jan Afternoon Discussion

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Computational cognitive models for social cognition

Professor Rineke Verbrugge, University of Groningen, Netherlands

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Life, information and evolution of information-processing

Professor Aaron Sloman, University of Birmingham, UK

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19th Jan Morning Discussion 1

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Theories of minds: the theoretical bases of comparative cognition Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ
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