2nd Psychology Speaker of the fall term ~ Thursday, October 11, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

2nd Psychology Speaker of the fall term ~ Thursday, October 11, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

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The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome
Angie Johnston, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Yale University

for a public lecture entitled
What Can Dogs Teach Us About Human Learning?

Thursday, October 11, 2018
12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Although some species transmit simple behaviors between group members, humans have a unique ability to transfer entire domains of cultural knowledge (e.g., fire-building, fishing, and theoretical physics) across individuals and generations. In this talk, I compare human learning to that of dogs to investigate which aspects of human
learning support our uniquely complex culture. More broadly, I discuss why dogs are an ideal species for investigating unique aspects of human learning because they are one of few species that demonstrates human-like sensitivity to social cues, such as pointing and eye gaze.

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