Guest talk – “Fruits of Ethology” series

Guest talk – “Fruits of Ethology” series

In the framework of the “Fruits of Ethology” guest talk series we will have the pleasure to welcome our next speaker, Prof. Dr. Konstanze Krüger (Nuertingen-Geislingen University, Faculty Agriculture, Economics and Management, Department Equine Economics, Nürtingen and University of Regensburg, Zoology / Evolutionary Biology, Regensburg, Germany)

Date: 27th of April, Thursday, 15.45

Location: ELTE, Department of Ethology (South Building), Pázmány Péter sétány 1/c, 6th floor

Title: Behaviour and cognition in horses

Abstract: The talk will present an overview on the state of the art in horse behavior and cognition research. The horse’s social system and its cognitive capacities have been underestimated for decades. Especially, studies on horses-human interactions were off the table ever since “Clever Hans “ was convicted not to be a mathematical genius. However, in the last two decades, scientists proved the social system of the horse to be complex. In addition, the horse’s environment is actually dominated by humans and changes fast. Along this line, it may not wonder that horses show cognitive capacities which enable them to adapt to the social system and the changes in the environment.  Studies on the horse’s interaction with humans, individual recognition, bond formation, memory, learning, categorization, and perspective taking will be presented, as well as recent advances in social learning and innovation studies.