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DySoC/NIMBioS Seminar Series

The Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC) and NIMBioS are hosting a series of seminars on topics related to social complexity. Monthly seminars will be held at NIMBioS in Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd. Light refreshments will be served in Room 205 beginning 30 minutes before each talk. Faculty and students from across the UT community are welcome to join us.


F. de Waal photo.

Speaker: Dr. Frans de Waal, Living Links, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory Univ., Atlanta, USA, and Utrecht Univ., the Netherlands

Time/Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Location: TBD

Topic: Animal Emotions and Empathy

Abstract: Emotions suffuse much of the language employed by students of animal behavior — from "social bonding" to "alarm calls" — yet are still regularly avoided as explicit topic in scientific discourse. Given the increasing interest of human psychology in the emotions, and the neuroscience on animal emotions such as fear and attachment, the taboo that has hampered animal research in this area is outdated. The main point is to separate emotions from feelings, which are the subjective experiences that accompany the emotions. Whereas science has no access to animal feelings, animal emotions are as observable and measurable (face, voice, physiology, neural activity) as human emotions. They are mental and bodily states that potentiate behavior appropriate to mostly social situations. I will discuss early ideas about animal emotions and draw upon research on empathy and the perception of emotions in primates to make the point that the study of animal emotions is a necessary complement to the study of behavior. Emotions are best viewed as the organizers of adaptive responses to environmental stimuli.

Dr. de Waal will sign books after the talk.

Blog post: DySoC Welcomes Renowned Primatologist Frans de Waal

Seminar Flyer: TBA

This seminar will not be streamed live or recorded for later viewing.

For more information about this and other NIMBioS Seminars, visit http://www.nimbios.org/announcements/seminars.



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