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Social Cognition in Animals

Social Cognition of Animals
Thursday, May 14, 2020, 1:30 pm – Friday, May 15, 2020, 6:00 pm

Recently, there has been a lot of progress in understanding the cognitive processes that enable different animal species to make sense of others’ actions, to perform actions together, and to communicate with one another. The workshop will bring together researchers who have made significant contributions to this research. It aims at integrating the new research findings on action observation, joint action, and communication, to arrive at an integrated model of animals’ social minds.


14th May, 13.30 – 17.30 Communication

In order of presentations (30 minutes talk + discussion):

Irene Pepperberg (MIT/Harvard): Effects of social interaction on vocal learning in Grey parrots

Klaus Zuberbühler (Université de Neuchâtel): The origins of syntax

Katja Liebal (Freie Universität Berlin): Multimodal communication in nonhuman primates

Ildikó Király (Eötvös Loránd University Budapest)Curiosity and communication in childhood

15th May, 9.00 – 18.00 Action perception and joint action

In order of presentations (30 minutes talk + discussion):

Ludwig Huber (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna): The imitation game: automatic, selective, rational and irrational imitation in non-human animals

Friederike Range (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna): Factors influencing canine cooperation

Claudia Fugazza (Eötvös Loránd University Budapest): Do as I Do paradigms: What do they tell us about canine cognition

Judith Burkart (University of Zurich): Action understanding, joint action and communication in marmoset monkeys

Thomas Bugnyar (University of Vienna): Do you mind? Building blocks of empathy in ravens

Takao Sasaki (University of Georgia): Cumulative cultural evolution in non-human animals

John Mitani (University of Michigan): The puzzles of chimpanzee hunting and territorial boundary patrols

Natalie Sebanz (Central European University): Coordination mechanisms in humans and other animals