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Séminaire du jeudi - "How can insects navigate so well in complex environment?"

"Les séminaires du CEMES" - Open seminar - Enjoy !

Antoine Wystrach

Centre de recherches sur le comportement animal (CRCA) – CNRS/Université Paul Sabatier

Insects are often seen as small automatons guided by their instinct. In reality, they demonstrate unsuspected cognitive abilities: they constantly learn, integrates multimodal information and make decisions in ambiguous situations. How do they perceive the world through their faceted eyes? What information do they memorise? Are there points in common with the way we humans understand our environment? Or is it another intelligence, totally foreign to ours? We will try to understand the principles underlying their cognitive capacities: how they emerge from their brains, develop within individuals and evolve through the generations. As everywhere in the living world, the solution involves a subtle interaction between flexibility and determinism, where genes and environments waltz to the edge of chaos and make their complexity emerge. 

 Meet at 10:30 outside the front door of CEMES for a cup of coffee !


Magali Benoit

Magali Brunet

Cécile Marcelot