[MARMAM] Workshop on Communication & Social Cognition

c8johnson at ucsd.edu c8johnson at ucsd.edu
Thu Jul 30 18:01:46 PDT 2015

Greetings all!
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering one day workshop on
"Methods for Studying Communication and Social Cognition" at the 21st
Biennial Conference of the Marine Mammal Society, on Saturday, December
12, at the Hilton San Francisco, Union Square. Please see description

Methods for Studying Communication and Social Cognition in Cetaceans

Workshop Organizers: Denise L. Herzing and Christine M. Johnson

Research on social cognition in nonhuman animals includes studies of vocal
and gestural communication, as well as tests of various social skills that
play a role in learning and problem solving. Such research has been making
great strides in recent years, both in the laboratory and the field. New
experimental paradigms, observational techniques, technological
advancements, and sophisticated analyses have allowed the development of a
fascinating literature on how nonhumans negotiate their social lives.
Given that cetaceans are reported to be among the most socially complex
and cognitively sophisticated species, there is a great opportunity here
for us to advance this field, not only to learn more about cetaceans
themselves, but as a basis for comparative analyses with other animals,
including humans. To that end, there is much to be gained from both
sharing the lessons researchers have learned from their past attempts, as
well as strategizing over the best approaches to future research.

This will be a full day workshop with speakers who have done innovative
work in these areas using both experimental and observational techniques,
and operating both in the wild and in captivity. In addition, a
significant portion of the day will be devoted to questions and discussion
by the attendees. The goal of the day will be to disseminate information
on practical solutions to problems in methodological design and
implementation, and to engender discussion of the range of issues, and
appropriate means for addressing those questions, in this field.

For further details, and to watch for updates on specific speakers and
topics, see the Marine Mammal Society Conference website at:

Date: Saturday, Dec 12, 2015   8:30-5:30
Cost: $80 (Early Bird); $90 (After September 15, 2015)

Please feel free to forward this announcement to researchers or others
interested in communication and social cognition in nonhumans, including
non-marine mammal species!

Hope to see you there!
Chris & Denise

Christine M. Johnson, PhD
Department of Cognitive Science
University of California, San Diego
Ph: 858-534-9854
FAX  858-534-1128

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