Upcoming Colloquia

All seminars will be held in the MBI Lecture Hall - Jennings Hall, Room 355 - unless otherwise noted.

December 01, 2014 3:00 - 3:50PM
Host: Andrej Rotter

We synthesize findings from neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral biology to show that some key features of cognition in the neuron-based brains of vertebrates are also present in the insect-based swarm of honey bees. We present our ideas in the context of the cognitive task of nest-site selection by honey bee swarms. After reviewing the mechanisms of distributed evidence gathering and processing that are the basis of decision-making in bee swarms, we point out numerous similarities in the functional organization of vertebrate brains and honey bee swarms. These include the existence of interconnected subunits, parallel processing of information, a spatially distributed memory, layered processing of information, lateral inhibition, and mechanisms of focusing attention on critical stimuli. We also review the performance of simulated swarms in standard psychological tests of decision making: tests of discrimination ability and assessments of distractor effects.

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January 26, 2015 3:00 - 3:50PM
Host: Soledad Fernandez

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February 23, 2015 3:00 - 3:50PM
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March 02, 2015 3:00 - 3:50PM
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March 09, 2015 3:00 - 3:50PM
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April 06, 2015 3:00 - 3:50PM
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April 20, 2015 3:00 - 3:50PM
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