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The secret mind of pets



The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


This event is part of our series of lightning lectures at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2019. Perfect for getting a taste of science, why not catch one (or more) of these electrifying 15 minute talks?

Summer Science Exhibition: this little guy might look happy but how do we really know what animals are thinking and feeling?

We're sure that all pet owners have wondered what their pet was thinking.

You may have taken 'paws' to ponder: how do my pets perceive the world, learn about their environment and then use this information to make decisions?

In order to answer these questions, Dr Anna Wilkinson will introduce you to the fascinating world of animal cognition and perception. She will reveal the surprising and remarkable cognitive abilities of animals, especially those we might not normally think of as 'clever'... By the end of this talk, you'll know just a bit more about what is going on inside of the brains of our furry, scaly and feathered friends.

Running times

This event will run at 12pm and 3.45pm and last approximately 15 minutes.

Talk - admittance for our talks is first-come, first-served. Please ensure you arrive early for talks as we can get busy at the weekends and you may need to queue to get into the building.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Limited spaces, admittance based on venue capacity
  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Doors open 5 minutes before start of event
  • Suitable for ages 14+
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements
  • Food and drink will be available for purchase at our onsite café

For all enquiries, please email

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The secret mind of pets

Answer the much pondered question 'what is my pet thinking?' with Dr Anna Wilkinson.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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