Science Meets Music: From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes – The Principles of Collective Behavior

Friday, March 24th, 2017, 5:30pm
Benjamin Hall, The Benjamin Upper School
Iain D. Couzin, Ph.D.
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
(561) 972-9027

Event Information

Electronic Invite SMM 20170324 (1)

From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principals of Collective Behavior

Speaker: Iain D. Couzin, Ph.D., Director of Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

The extraordinary synchrony of motion exhibited as a flock of birds arcs overhead, or a school of fish turns, as a ripple of light, is captivating. Like some animate fluid the individual organisms appear to move as one, their minds seemingly connected by an invisible network. Professor Couzin’s lecture will provide a visual guide to ‘collective animal behavior’, using the latest imaging technologies to reveal how and why animals exhibit collective motion, the huge impact swarms have on human life, and the remarkable collective sensing and decision-making capabilities that have arisen in animal groups.

Music: Sofiya Uryvayeva, D.M.A, Pianist


Join us for the entire 2017 series!

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    • Samuel M. Young, Jr., PhD, Research Group Leader of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience