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James Arthur Lecture: Evolution of the Human Brain

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Bottlenose dolphin plays in boat wake.

The Dolphin in the Mirror by Dr. Diana Reiss

How can we investigate and better understand the cognitive and communicative abilities of the highly social bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)?

Cognitive psychologist Diana Reiss describes her teams’ efforts to unlock dolphin communication using mirrors, interactive keyboards, and other technology.



Dr. Diana Reiss is a cognitive psychologist, marine mammal scientist, and professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College and the Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology doctoral program at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

She is the co-director of the animal behavior and conservation MA and certificate program in the Psychology Department of Hunter College.

The focus of her lab is on dolphin cognition and communication, comparative animal cognition, and the evolution of intelligence.