Unfortunately this School Seminar has been cancelled.
Speaker: Dr Dora Biro, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
The hows and whys of living in groups: perspectives from birds and apes
Living in groups presents both challenges and opportunities. Group members have to resolve potential conflicts and make joint decisions on how to coordinate their activities if the group is to remain cohesive, but they can also draw on each other’s knowledge to solve problems better, and to pass these solutions down from generation to generation to build animal “cultures”. In this talk I will summarise research investigating the cognitive underpinnings of these phenomena – group decision-making, collective intelligence, social learning and culture – in both birds and primates, and try to pinpoint general organisational principles that have interesting parallels across phylogenetically distant taxa.