Cognitive Biology News
Minds are evolved, but from what? This free public conference explores new thinking about the cognitive abilities of diverse living things.
Where: University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus, Lower Napier Building LG28
When: Monday 20 July 10am - 4.30pm
- Ralph Adolphs (Caltech, USA)
Understanding emotion & social cognition
- Janet Wiles (Queensland, AUS)
Biology & designing minds
- Colin Allen (Indiana, USA)
Tales from 20 years on the frontline
Panel discussion: Talking about cognition across species
David O’Carroll (Adelaide) | Carl Craver (USA) | Fred Keijzer (NL) | Karola Stotz (Sydney)
Jon Opie (Adelaide) | Rachel Ankeny (Adelaide) | Pamela Lyon (Adelaide)
Minding Life is FREE and open to all interested members of the public. Profiles of our panelists and speakers are available here.
Cognitive Biology in Bonn
‘Plant neurobiology’ may sound like a misnomer but it’s a very serious collection of cell biologists and molecular botanists spread around the globe who are studying complex plant behaviour mediated by sensory signals. At the invitation of Dr. Frantisek Baluska, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Botany at the University of Bonn and editor of the plant neurobiology journal, ARC Postdoctoral Fellow Pamela Lyon gave a paper at the university’s Biology Colloquium in December (Stayin’ alive: Why organisms need cognition (or something very like it)). We hope this is the beginning of ongoing research links with the plant neurobiology group at Bonn. For more information, see the Society for Plant Neurobiology website.
Cellular signalling is a key target for any theory of biological representation. This topic is currently being pursued by Chief Investigator Jon Opie, who has been working on a new approach to cognitive representation with his colleague Gerard O’Brien over the past five years. O'Brien and Opie's papers can be found here.