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Sea Mammal Research Unit: Current seminars

04 Oct 2016
1:00 PM
Dyers Brae
Seminar Room

CBD Seminar:Atypical birdsong and artificial languages provide insights into how communication systems are shaped by learning, use and transmission
Olga Feher
University of Edinburgh

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I will present experimental findings in zebra finches and humans that make use of abnormal song and atypical linguistic input to study processes shaping communication systems: individual learning, social interaction, and cultural transmission. Atypical input places increased learning and communicative pressure on learners, so exploring how they respond to this type of input provides a particularly clear picture of the biases and constraints at work during learning and use. Furthermore, simulating the cultural transmission of these unnatural communication systems in the laboratory informs us about how learning and social biases influence the structure of communication systems in the long run. Findings based on these methods suggest fundamental similarities in the basic social–cognitive mechanisms underlying vocal learning in birds and humans.

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06 Oct 2016
1:00 PM
SOI
Lecture theatre

TBC
Iosu Paradinas

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06 Oct 2016
1:00 PM
SOI
LT

Jellyfish and fish farms: UK and China collaborative research
Dr Zhang Fang and Dr Anna Kintner
Chinese Institute of Oceanography and St Andrews

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06 Oct 2016
4:00 PM
BMS
Lecture Theatre

BSRC Seminar: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Innovative Biomedical Education and Training
Dr. Sandra Urdaneta-Hartmann
Drexel University College of Medicine

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18 Oct 2016
1:00 PM
Dyers Brae
Seminar Room

CBD Seminar:TBA
Jennifer Jackson

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19 Oct 2016
1:00 PM
BMS
Lecture Theatre

BSRC Seminar: Inhibiting asparagine biosynthesis in human cells: a new approach to developing anti-cancer agents
Professor Nigel Richards
Cardiff University, Head of Biological Chemistry

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27 Oct 2016
1:00 PM
SOI
LT

Ecological applications for molecular biomarkers of animal age
Prof. Simon Jarman
Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto

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01 Nov 2016
1:00 PM
Dyers Brae
Seminar Room

CBD Seminar:
Lauren Brent
University of Exeter

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14 Dec 2016
1:00 PM
BMS
Lecture Theatre

BSRC Seminar Series: Title TBA
Prof Iain Mattaj
Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory

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26 Jan 2017
1:00 PM
SOI
LT

Marine microplastics
Dr Erik van Sebille
Imperial

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