Henry Kennedy has invited François Osiurak from EMC lab and Laureate of the Grand Prix 2017 of the Association des Amis de l’Université de Lyon:
On the neurocognitive origins of human tool use: Toward a reasoning-based approach.
Tool use is a defining feature of human species. So, the issue of the underlying neurocognitive bases should be intensively explored. Yet, this issue has received very little interest, mainly because of the profound belief that tool use is based on manipulation knowledge, as if tool use did not require any reasoning skills. In this talk, I will discuss the main recent advances in neuropsychology and cognitive neurosciences that have contributed to revise the idea that manipulation is central to tool use. This will lead me to present a new theoretical model suggesting that specific reasoning skills are involved in tool use.
ISC Amphi on January 25th, from 11am - Registration for the buffet by January 19th.