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The next  confirmed event is below.

Professor Henry Markovits

When?
Monday, June 1 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Professor Henry Markovits

What's the talk about?

Women are generally considered to be more sociable, kinder and more cooperative than men. But men still rule the world, not just because they are bigger and more aggressive, but because they can work together when they have to. In fact, Professor Markovits claims that men are intrinsically more sociable than women. In this talk, he will present an evolutionary perspective on why this is the case, and some empirical studies that show that preconceptions about sex and sociability are wrong.

Henry Markovits is a Professor of psychology at the University of Québec at Montréal. He studies both logical and social reasoning. He is the co-author of Worriers and Warriors with Joyce Benenson; they have worked together for many years looking at the relationship between sex and social reasoning and behaviour. He is currently associate editor of the journal Thinking and Reasoning.

The book will be on sale on the night at a discounted price.

Why children are great pretenders, poor problem solvers, and sometimes less clever than crows

Sarah Beck

When?
Monday, July 6 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Sarah Beck

What's the talk about?

Young children are excellent imaginers, coming up with all kinds of creative and weird worlds. But what is the imagination really for? Adults use their imaginations to solve problems, but children sometimes struggle with this. In this talk, Sarah Beck will explore how children start to use their imaginations for creative problem solving, using examples of children’s thinking about ‘how things might have been different’ and comparing children’s tool-making to that of clever non-human animals.

 

Sarah Beck is Reader in Cognitive Development at the University of Birmingham. She researches children's thinking about possibility and time, and questions whether adults' thinking in these areas is as sophisticated as we might like to think. She teaches an undergraduate course that compares the cognitive abilities of human children with non-human animals.