School seminar series: The cognitive dimension of insect social behaviour

19 April 2013

Dr Mathieu Lihoreau, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Biological Sciences and the Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney.

Attempts to explain the origins of primate intelligence suggest that the computational demands of living in social groups require larger brains with enhanced cognitive capacities. Whether such reasoning can apply to all social animals is an open question. I'll discuss these evolutionary relationships in insects based on data about how bees solve factorial problems and flies build consensus with a brain the size of a pinhead.

Followed by lunch at the Grandstand ($5 students, $10 staff) - please RSVP to Shawn by 5pm Thursday if you wish to come along

Time: 1-2pm

Location: DT Anderson Lecture Theatre, A08