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Cafe Scientifique--Animal­ Games: Blue Jays and the "Prisoner'­s Dilemma"

Gather with other humanists for this Happy Hour Forum on Science and Culture presented by the Bell Museum.  Event host, Scott Jackson, will arrive at 6 pm, when the doors open, and stake out a table near the front. He will be wearing a 'Radical Hospitalitarian' T-shirt and have a Humanists of Minnesota sign.  

Because the programs often sell out, Scott highly recommends buying tickets beforehand and showing up well before the start of the program at 7pm.​ For ticket information, go to the Bell Museum website at

What do we observe when a bunch of birdbrains are compelled to play decision-making games? Dr. David Stephens' research at the University of MN blends mathematical and experimental analyses to address a range of issues in behavioral ecology, especially feeding behavior and cooperation. Using psychological techniques and experimental games such as the Prisoner's Dilemma, the Stephens Lab analyzes blue jay behaviors to create evolutionary models of learning, memory, decision-making, and other cognitive phenomena most often associated with the human mind.

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  • Scott J.

    Fascinating topic, articulate and interesting speaker.

    December 17, 2013

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