Darwin Keynote

ALLEE Animal Behaviour

Warder Clyde Allee was born in Bloomingdale, Indiana and is one of the pioneers of Animal Behavior. Allee was best known and recognized for his research on social behavior, aggregations and distributions of animals.

Tuesday 3 Febuary 2015
Seminar begins at 4pm in S012
(cookies at 3:30)

"Comparing the cognition of great ape species through computerized touch-panel tasks"

Dr. Chris Martin Dr. Chris Martin
Indianapolis Zoological Society

Dr. Christopher Flynn Martin began his career in animal cognition at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2006. He continued his education in Japan, enrolling in graduate school at Kyoto University Primate Research Institute. Over a seven year period there he earned his master’s and doctorate in biology and spent an additional two years as a postdoctoral researcher. His research consisted of comparative cognition studies with chimpanzees that were experts at using computer touch-panels. During this period, he also traveled frequently to Guinea, West Africa, to pursue an interest in wild chimpanzee behavior and cognition, and he also spent time in Borneo observing wild orangutans.

Dr. Martin’s research interests include great ape social cognition, communication, imitation and strategic reasoning. His doctoral dissertation examined the way chimpanzees understand and utilize social cues, and the way they strategize during competitive interactions. For his doctorate studies, he created a novel method of shared touch-panel tasks, which involved two apes completing social tasks over a single shared touch-panel screen. Using this method, he found that chimpanzees played competitive games in a manner that is different from humans and is in accordance with game theoretic principles.

For more information visit Dr. Martin's Research at http://www.indianapoliszoo.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=173

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