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Seminar: 1/29 - Mini-Retreat: Animal Communication

8:30 to 1:00 PM      at:  5101 Tolman Hall

For ICBS Faculty and Guests

ICBS Mini-Retreat
Friday, January 29, 2010
Tolman 5101


Title:  The Evolution of Complex Signals 

How do complex cognitive traits evolve? We address this question by examining case studies in the evolution of complex communicative signals:  from human language to courtship displays in spiders and birds. (Note: expect glorious footage of multi-modal signaling in spiders and sage grouse!)

Organizer:  Lucia Jacobs, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley

8:30   Coffee and pastries

9:00 - 9:45     Damian Elias, Assistant Professor, ESPM, UC Berkeley
"Multisensory integration and the design of multimodal signals: A case study in jumping spiders"

9:45 - 10:30    Gail Petricelli, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, UC Davis
"Sexual selection for negotiation skills: using robots and arrays to study courtship interactions in the wild"

10:30 - 10:45   Break

10:45 - 11:30   Terrence Deacon, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
"Language and complexity: Evolution inside out"

11:30 - 12:15   General Discussion

12:15 - 1:00     Lunch and continued discussion