June 1 2017

16th Annual Jeffrey Lecture on Cognitive Neuroscience

The UCLA Departm ent of Psychology cordially invites you to attend the
16th Annual Jeffrey Lecture on Cognitive Neuroscience

Ways of Thinking: From Crows to Children and Back Again
Nicola S. Clayton, Ph.D., University of Cambridge

In this lecture I will review some of the recent work on the remarkable cognitive capacities of food-caching corvids. The focus will be on their ability to think about other minds and other times, and tool-using tests of physical problem solving. Research on developmental cognition suggests that young children do not pass similar tests until they are at least four years of age in the case of the social cognition experiments, and eight years of age in the case of the tasks that tap into physical cognition. This developmental trajectory seems surprising~ intuitively, one might have thought that the social and planning tasks required more complex forms of cognitive process, namely Mental Time Travel and Theory of Mind. I will present our latest findings on physical cognition in children aged 4 to 11, which may provide some clues to answer this mystery. Future research aims to understand the mechanisms underlying these abilities in both children and corvids, thereby exploring similarities and differences in their ways of thinking.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Faculty Center, California Room
4:00 pm Lecture
Reception to follow
RSVP by May 22 to: scaruso@psych.ucla.edu


June 5 2017

UCLA BEC: Peter Gray, "Sex, Babies, and Dogs: Evolutionary and Endocrine Aspects of Changing Human Families"

Sex, Babies, and Dogs: Evolutionary and Endocrine Aspects of Changing Human Families
PETER GRAY, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
Haines Hall 352
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June 14 2017

Understanding the Whale War: A Film Screening of Behind "The Cove"

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