Talk Brain & Behaviour

Public Event
25 October 2018
Begin time: 
Main Building, Room W0-135

Increasingly, research in comparative cognition demonstrates that many small brained insects exhibit elaborated experience dependent behaviours, once through to be exclusive to vertebrates. Why these seemingly sophisticated cognitive abilities evolve and how they are implemented in the brain are open questions. Here I will illustrate how cognitive phenomena can be deconstructed using behavioural experiments and computational modelling in bees and flies. Do bees really solve the travelling salesman problem? Do fruit flies exhibit swarm intelligence? This research highlights the need to redefine current hypotheses about the evolution of brains, cognition and sociality, using a bottom up approach from behavioral ecology to cognitive neurosciences.