Collective Animal Cognition

Event date: Monday, February 24, 2014, at 12:00 PM
Location: RW 432

Speaker: Noam Miller, Princeton University, Postdoctoral fellow with Prof I. Couzin
Web Page:  http://scholar.princeton.edu/nymiller
Host: Helen Rodd

ABSTRACT

A wide range of species live in groups and the cognition of members of these species must therefore take place within a group context. This will have an effect on all their cognitive functions, including learning, decision-making, and perception. Using a combination of theoretical models and experiments on schools of fish, I will show some examples of how individual cognition is shaped by taking place in a group and how collective 'emergent' mechanisms affect foraging, learning, and even the evolution of behavior.