Clive Wynne is a professor in psychology, founder of The Canine Cognition Lab in Florida, director of research at Wolf Park, Indiana, och director of The Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University. His latest books are Do Animals Think and Animal Cognition – Evolution, Behavior and Cognition.
During the late spring of 2015, Clive Wynne will give several seminars in Europe. We’re very pleased that he is going to make a stop with us in Sweden before flying home to the SPARCs conference on midsummer.
”Clive Wynne on Behavior and Cognition”
WHEN? Tuesday, June 16 – Wednesday, June 17 (preliminary time schedule: 9.00 – 17.00)
WHERE? Southern part of Stockholm. Address: Djurgymnasiets hundcenter, Elektravägen 31, Hägersten. www.djurgymnasiethundcenter.com
FEE: ”Early Bird”at registration before december 14, 2014: 2600 SEK. Ordinary fee 2800 SEK.
REGISTRATION: Register by sending me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or – if you read Swedish – by filling out the form HERE ! An invoice will be sent within two weeks from registration is finished.
OTHER INFORMATION: Coffee and snacks is included. Bring your own lunch (there is a grocery store nearby).
Welcome to two knowledgable and inspiring days!
Seminar description from Clive Wynne :
Day 1: Cognition through a Behavioral Lens
Our only way of understanding animal cognition is by observing animal behavior, and yet often cognitive research on animals makes little or no reference to behavior. I will demonstrate how animal cognition is best understood through a behavioral lens. Although behavioral principles can seem very simple, in fact there are numerous traps that people often fall into. Consider for example: In what sense is “negative reinforcement” “negative”? Can punishment ever be ethically defensible? Is a secondary reinforcer like a clicker or a whistle superior to a primary reinforcer like food? Real world situations are often difficult to slot into the neat categories of behavioral theory, which makes applying the principles difficult. Having outlined fundamental behavioral principles I will then consider how many forms of animal cognition, like reasoning, memory, and concept formation can be better understood with them.
Day 2: Canine Cognition and Intelligence
The last twenty years have seen an explosion of research on dog cognition and intelligence, with a particular focus on how dogs may have evolved unique forms of social intelligence that enable them to understand and communicate with humans in a manner unrivaled in the animal kingdom. I shall report on research from my own group and others that has shown this contention to be false. It is not that dogs don’t understand people – as every person who knows dogs knows full well, dogs are so sensitive to our behavior that it feels like they can read our minds – but this is not unique to dogs nor do all dogs share in this ability. The ability to understand human actions and intentions develops in animals that are socially imprinted on humans and live with them in a state of utter dependency. The animals to whom this happens most commonly are our domesticated pet species, but wild animals can be imprinted on people and in those cases they show just as much sensitive to what we do as pet animals do. I shall review the wide-ranging studies on dogs’ and other species’ socio-cognitive abilities, particularly in relationship with people.
For more information about Clive Wynne and his work, check out:
- The Canine Science Collaboratory, Arizona State University
- The Canine Cognition and Behavoir Lab, University of Florida
- Wolf Park, Indiana