The School of Psychology proudly presents:
The Psychonomic Seminar Series 2007
"Beating the truth out of data sets with a small hammer called empiricism"
This Friday, at 3pm in room 304, the amazing Thomas Suddendorf will present a talk titled: "Self recognition in human children and other primates"
Mirror self-recognition continues to be the most widely used non-verbal measure of self-awareness. However, controversy still surrounds basic questions about who can pass the task and what precisely passing
indicates. Systematic experiments are the key to progress to these vexing questions. Here I will review the results of a series of recent studies our group conducted with chimpanzees, gibbons, and human children. We employed several novel variations of the classic task to determine what the task measures, when children achieve competence and when this capacity evolved.
Having escaped from a mysterious past in Germany, Thomas completed his postgraduate studies in Waikato and Auckland in New Zealand. He has been a member of staff here at UQ since 1999 and is very very clever, having received numerous awards in recognition of this fact. Thomas's research focuses on infants' growing mental capacities and on the representational abilities of other primates. This means that he spends a lot of time with great apes, who can usually be found on level 4 of the McElwain Building.