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Bird Brain: An exploration of avian intelligence

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UPDATE: with many apologies we have had to cancel this talk due to unexpected circumstances.

If we are able to identify an alternative speaker we will update information here. Please also find out about other public events we are holding during BNA2017.


This a FREE event, however pre-booking is required; please register to come. Recommended age: 11+
Check out all the other public events we are holding during the BNA Festival of Neuroscience.


Bird Brain: An exploration of avian intelligence
12:00-12:45

We do not rate birds very highly in terms of their capacity for intelligence when compared to mammals, such as apes and dolphins. This has led to the use of ‘birdbrain’ as an insult for those of little wit.crow

However some birds, such as crows and parrots, could be considered ‘feathered apes’ as they have cognitive abilities similar to chimpanzees.

Some birds have complex memories of the past and plan for different future scenarios. They have sophisticated social skills, allowing them to predict what another will do next and even use this information to deceive them.

They can solve novel problems, using and making a range of different tools. They can even recognise themselves in mirrors and may be conscious.

In this talk, Nathan Emery from Queen Mary University London describes some of these intellectual feats, and explains how the unique structure and function of the avian brain, albeit much smaller and differently structured, may actually make such feats more likely.

We warmly invite everyone with an interest in neuroscience, the brain and how it works, to come and join us for this free public talk.

The BNA2017:Festival of Neuroscience is held by the British Neuroscience Association as a celebration of everything to do with the brain and nervous system. BNA2017 is one of the largest international meetings of professional neuroscientists in Europe in 2017, and presents the ideal opportunity to share their excitement and interest in their research with wider society. Find out about all the public events we are holding during BNA2017.

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