Workshop of Ideas in Neuroscience: Origins of Order in Behaviour


Fri Apr 19 2024 at 09:00 am to Sun Apr 21 2024 at 06:00 pm


Otwarta Pracownia Jazdów | Warsaw, MZ

Animal behaviour seems, almost by definition, flexible and variable. But it is – at the same time – stable, predictable and robust.
Migratory birds in every generation make the same travel between distant lands, finding exactly the same spot without previous experience. Different species of Peromyscus mice dig burrows that are highly stereotyped. Human languages around the globe hold many universals.
Where does this order come from?
The goal of our workshop is to discuss the different ways in which animal behaviour can be canalized. We want to talk about genetic influences on behaviour, the way the environment shapes behavioural development and the newest computational methods that allow us to model the evolution and the development of behaviour.
The questions we would like to discuss – among others – are:
- Is instinct a useful term in modern neuroscience?
- How do genes influence and constrain behavioural development?
- How environment and morphology can canalize behavioural development?
- Which factors contribute to the stability of behaviours across generations?
- How can we simulate the constraints that shape the development and the evolution of behaviour?
- Our workshop will be organized in the spirit of our School of Ideas: with only a few, long talks, a small group a relaxed atmosphere, and a lot of time to think.

The workshop will be organized on April 19-21th in Jazdów estate, in Finnish wooden houses run by NGOs that host workshops, seminars, and conferences. The fee is EUR 300. We are securing funds for fee waivers, please specify in the registration form if you need one. Please find more information - and the application form - here:
The author of our poster is Weronika Reroń.

Where is it happening?

Otwarta Pracownia Jazdów, ulica Jazdów 3/6, 00-467 Śródmieście, Polska,Warsaw, Poland

Event Location & Nearby Stays:

Nencki Open Lab

Host or Publisher Nencki Open Lab

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