Event: Hvad tænker dyr?

Der er mange (ubesvarede) spørgsmål om hvordan dyr oplever deres verden og hvad det betyder for hvordan vi skal behandle dem; hvad enten det er i fangenskab eller i forvaltning af vildtlevende bestande.

Sabrina Brando og Gordon M. Burghardt giver en introduktion til dyrs opfattelse af verden; kognition og emotioner, med udgangspunkt i forskning og praktiske erfaringer. Oplæg og debat er på engelsk.

Jens Olesen

Jens Olesen, biolog og tidligere vært på DR, vil facilitere en spændende aften.
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Om oplægsholderene:

Sabrina Brando

Sabrina Brando: Works full-time through AnimalConcepts as a consultant in animal care and welfare, working in zoos, marine parks, animal shelters, government facilities, research laboratories and wildlife sanctuaries world wide. Species ranging from rabbits, mice and birds to bears, snakes, crocodiles, dolphins and gorillas. Over the years she has organized over 200 seminars and workshops world wide on a wide variety of topics.




Dr. Gordon Burghardt

Gordon M. Burghardt, Ph.D., is Alumni Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. He was Editor of the Journal of Comparative Psychology from 2006-11 and Past-President of Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He is also a past President of the Animal Behavior Society and a Fellow of several societies including the AAAS. He has published research on the behavior of many species including snakes, turtles, lizards, birds, bears, and humans. He is author or editor of several books including The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits (MIT press). His degrees are in Biopsychology from the University of Chicago and he has been a Visiting Professor at Rockefeller University and Kyoto University.


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Never has there been a more exciting time to study animals, both captive and wild. We have learned much about animals through through behavioural
observations and experiments as well as through ecological, physiological, and neuroscience research. Usually, to figure out what someone is thinking, all you
have to do is ask. But what if that someone can’t talk? Luckily, when trying to figure out how an animal (or human infant) thinks and might be feeling, we can design experiments that give them choices that reveal preferences, look at how they solve problems, or how he or she reacts psychologically. We can also listen to vocalizations, look at if and or how they play, or at human-animal interactions.

How do we study animals? How do we avoid uncritically applying anthropomorphism? The challenge is primarily the often difficult one of adopting the ‘animals’ point of view.’ Does what we know through science affect how we think about, interact with, and protect individuals and populations? Do we have more obligations
towards ‘smarter’ animals, endangered species, or ‘attractive’ ones? If the species is kept in captivity, what methods of study are more or less acceptable?

In this interactive workshop Dr. Gordon Burghardt and Sabrina Brando will explore together with the audience the fascinating topics of animal cognition, behaviour, and emotion, providing examples and discussion points, navigating through science, ethics, and moral conundrums.


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