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Ever wondered how the behaviour of captive animals can help us understand more about their welfare or why children help each other? Maybe you have asked yourself why DNA is so important? Join us to uncover the latest research and answer those burning questions!
What has DNA ever done for us?
Dr Sam Robson (Reader in Genomics and Bioinformatics)
Modern technology allows us to "read" DNA sequences - the blueprint for life - to explore and decode the complex processes that underpin all living things. In this talk, I will describe some of the unique ways in which DNA research is enriching our understanding of the world; including understanding the risk of developing disease, exploring our heritage and history, exploring the role of bacteria in our health, and solving issues of plastic pollution.
Prosociality in the classroom - when and why do children help each other?
Dr Eszter Somogyi (Associate Head (Global Engagement and Partnerships), Psychology)
Prosocial behaviours refer to actions intended to benefit or support others, such as helping, cooperating, sharing and comforting. Although the prosocial behaviours of children are well documented, we still have much to learn about the factors that modulate them. In this talk, I will explore why children act more prosocially towards certain partners or groups than others and invite the audience to discuss how prosocial behaviours could be promoted in schools.
What are they doing that for? Bizarre behaviours seen in captive animals, and what they tell us about their welfare
Kate Lewis (Postgraduate Research Student, Psychology)
Stereotypic behaviours are repetitive, invariant behaviours, commonly seen in captive animals. They might well look strange and without purpose, but research suggests they do serve a function for the animal. My talk will discuss the potential causes of stereotypic behaviours, how they relate to brain function and cognition, and what they tell us about an animal's welfare.