Speaker: Dr. Felipe Medina
Title: Study of the cognition and its neural substrate in New Caledonian crows
Date: Friday 8 April, 1-2 pm
Venue: AS4/02-08 (Psychology Department Meeting Room)
Recent studies have consolidated the view that corvids constitute a powerful research model for animal cognition. Wild-caught New Caledonian crows are renowned for their ability to craft and use hooked tools to forage for food and for showing problem solving skills in captivity that rival those of primates. In this talk I will present some of these findings and briefly discuss the importance of using a comparative approach in understanding the evolution of cognition.
About the Speaker:
Felipe Medina is a Research Fellow at the Dept. of Psychology. He got his PhD at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He has done research in the anatomy of the visual system of rodents in Chile and studied the behaviour of captive crows in New Caledonia. Presently, he is doing neurophysiological research with monkeys with special interest in the effects of cortical microstimulation during behavioural tasks.