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What Are You Thinking? Comparative Cognition of Man and Animal

Dates:March 17 - April 21, 2023
Meets:F from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Cost: $55.00

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Have you ever wondered what your pet is thinking? Animal lovers know that our pets definitely can communicate with us and even can understand some of what we’re saying! But what about other animals? Animals like sea mammals and nonhuman primates? How do they acquire knowledge, and how did those abilities evolve? And how do they compare with the neuroanatomy and cognition of humans? Don't miss Dr. Heidi Lyn and Dr. Jack Shelley-Tremblay and their team as they lead a 6-week study on the wonderful world of animal and human cognition and communication. You will gain insight into whether or not great minds really think alike!
Fee: $55.00

Lindsey Johnson

Heidi Lyn

Heidi Lyn is an Associate Professor and Joan M. Sinnott chair of Psychology at The University of South Alabama where she studies nonhuman animal cognition and communication. She has published over 25 articles on the intelligence of animals, including the differences between large and small dogs, environmental influences on intelligence and social behavior in apes, the communicative and cognitive behaviors of sea mammals such as dolphins, belugas, and walrus, and on neural and behavioral correlates in nonhuman primates. Her research has been featured in Scientific American, Science magazine as well as in two books and she has been interviewed by major newspapers and the Today show. She previously held positions at UCLA, the New York Aquarium, St. Andrews University, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

John Shelley-Tremblay

Dr. Shelley-Tremblay is director of the Experimental Event-Related Potentials Laboratory. His research investigates the interaction between visual attention and reading processes. He has three current areas, employing psychophysiological, neuropsychological, and educational methodologies. One of his most promising directions combines his basic and applied research interests and involves visual training for persons with reading disability. He is fascinated by the possibility of understanding some of the contributories of disordered visual processing to reading disability, and to this end has worked with his collaborators to develop novel approaches to assessment and intervention. Using infra-red based eye tracking equipment he is able to provide a quantitative record of eye movements and reading fluency, and correlating this information with comprehension and vocabulary levels.

Joclyn Villegas

Date Day Time Location
03/17/2023Friday1 PM to 2:30 PM USA - University Commons
03/24/2023Friday1 PM to 2:30 PM USA - University Commons
03/31/2023Friday1 PM to 2:30 PM USA - University Commons
04/07/2023Friday1 PM to 2:30 PM USA - University Commons
04/14/2023Friday1 PM to 2:30 PM USA - University Commons
04/21/2023Friday1 PM to 2:30 PM USA - University Commons