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Thursday, 20 March 2003, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

“Knowing you, knowing me”: can other animals have an identity crisis?

Professor Keith Kendrick

Success in achieving a true sense of identity of self in relation to the world might engender feelings of individual worth and purpose in humans but is this true of other species? Establishing that other species have self-awareness has proved a difficult task but this lecture will endeavour to summarise what such studies have shown and whether the "ugly duckling" syndrome of the animal that "knows" it is a misfit is a human anthropomorphism or a reality.

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Professor Keith Kendrick is Systems and Behavioural Neuroscientist and was Gresham Professor of Physic between 2002 and 2006.
He has been a member of the Home Office's animal procedures committee and has worked at the University of Cambridge undertaking research with regards to how neural networks are organised to control recognition and responses to social and emotional cues. He is a fellow of the Institute of Biology and a member of the British Neuroscience Association.

All of Professor Kendrick’s previous lectures may be accessed here.

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20 March 2003

“Knowing you, knowing me”: can other animals have an identity crisis?
Professor Keith Kendrick

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