Prudently Pro-social: How Animals Decide When to 'Play Nice'

The Atlanta Science Tavern
The Atlanta Science Tavern
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Manuel's Tavern

602 N. Highland Ave NE · Atlanta, GA

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We'll be in the Back Dining Room, immediately to your right as you enter Manuel's from N. Highland Avenue.

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- This event is a production of the Atlanta Science Tavern.
- It is free and open to the public.
- Seating is on a first-come basis.
- RSVPs are not required to attend nor do they reserve seats.
- Doors open at 6:00 pm for early arrival.
- Gather for dinner by 7:00.
- The evening's presentation gets under way around 7:45.
Prudently Pro-social: How Animals Decide When to 'Play Nice'

Meg Sosnowski, Graduate Researcher and Brains & Behavior Fellow
Cognitive Psychology
Georgia State University

Helping others and working together is a hallmark of human societies – but animals can be surprisingly selfless, too. Meg Sosnowski, a Ph.D. student at the Language Research Center of Georgia State University, will tell the ever-shifting story of social cognition research into pro-sociality in the animal world, will explain the challenges associated with studying altruism and pro-sociality in non-human species, and will explore the direction of current and future studies. Finally, she'll make connections to theories about the role of pro-social behavior in the evolution of the primate social mind.

About our speaker
Meg Sosnowski is a Brains & Behavior fellow and Ph.D. student in Cognitive Psychology at Georgia State University. Meg studies how monkeys and apes think in order to better understand how primate cognition might have evolved. She’s particularly interested in understanding how hormones influence cognition in primates, but her work involves many facets of cognition and social behavior in group-living species. Her research involves work with tufted capuchin monkeys at the Language Research Center of GSU, as well as studying great ape and reptile species with collaborators at Zoo Atlanta. When she’s not designing computer games for monkeys or collecting fecal samples for hormone analysis, Meg can be found running long distance, reading, or working in science communication around the Atlanta area.