Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) Activity

"What Makes Humans Special?: Insights from Non-Human Primates"

Presented by Dr. Laurie Santos, Department of Psychology, Yale University

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 4:30 pm — Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

Why are humans the only species that reads fiction, tells jokes, and shares photos on Instagram? In this talk, I will explore this question of human uniqueness by examining what makes the human mind so different from that of other animals. I will first discuss recent work in comparative cognition that shows a number of ways that other animals are strikingly similar to humans in the way they think about the world. I will also explore some key cognitive differences between humans and other animals that make the human species different from other animals but also a bit less rational than you might expect.

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