saturday aug. 30.time 17.30.sala multimediale canale lunense - 4,00
Danilo  Mainardi - Journey in the mind of the animals

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How many times have we got the distinct impression that our dog or our cat can think? Indeed, they do: but they arenít the only ones. With many fascinating true stories, Mainardi explains that mammals and birds arenít only driven by instinct and basic forms of learning: they use their mind to solve problems, and sometimes the solution they find is quite elaborate. A dog communicating with its master through a symbolic language, a chimpanzee learning to use the phone, a counting cat, a crow able to understand the principle of gravity... in all these stories, passion for animal life blends with scientific rigour of research.

Danilo  Mainardi
is professor of Behavioural Ecology at the Ca' Foscari University in Venice and is the headmaster of the International School of Ethology at the Ettore Majorana Center in Erice, Sicily. He is honorary president of the Italian Society for the Protection of Birds and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the International Ethological Society. His scientific work is currently focussed on ecoethology. He has studied parent-offspring interaction, maternal, paternal and accessory parental (alloparental) roles. In particular he has studied the ontogenesis of the effect of imprinting on the determinism of socio-sexual and alimentary preferences. His most recent books are: Nella mente degli animali (2006) and La bella zoologia (2008) published by Cairo Editore. He contributes to Rai 1 Superquark, Il Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 ORE, and to the monthly Airone.