Steve Phelps: Social Cognition across species

Themes:
volessocial behavioroxytocinsociality
What:
Talk
When:
2:00 PM, Wednesday 4 Jul 2018 (1 hour 30 minutes)


Social interactions are central to most animals and have a fundamental impact upon the phenotype of an individual. Social behavior (social interactions among conspecifics) represents a central challenge to the integration of the functional and mechanistic bases of complex behavior. Traditionally, studies of proximate and ultimate elements of social behavior have been conducted by distinct groups of researchers, with little communication across perceived disciplinary boundaries. However, recent technological advances, coupled with increased recognition of the substantial variation in mechanisms underlying social interactions, should compel investigators from divergent disciplines to pursue more integrative analyses of social behavior. We propose an integrative conceptual framework intended to guide researchers towards a comprehensive understanding of the evolution and maintenance of mechanisms governing variation in sociality.


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Moderator
University of Manitoba
Participant
Phelps Lab, University of Texas
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