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In Search of Human Uniqueness


Speakers: Professor Michael Tomasello, Professor Rita Astuti, Dr Alex Gillespie Chair: Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch Recorded on 20 October 2014 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Professor Tomasello will explore what distinguishes humans from other great apes in terms of their cognitive and social capacities. Michael Tomasello is Co-Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

Rita Astuti is Professor of Anthropology at LSE. She is an expert of the anthropology of Madagascar and her research, which focuses on kinship, gender and ethnic identity, aims to integrate the study of culture and cognition.

Alex Gillespie is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Psychology at LSE and Co-editor of the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Sandra Jovchelovitch is a Professor in the Department of Social Psychology at LSE and Director of its Social and Cultural Psychology programme.

The Department of Social Psychology (@PsychologyLSE) is a leading international centre dedicated to consolidating and expanding the contribution of social psychology to the understanding and knowledge of key social, economic, political and cultural issues.

[Video and text source: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) YouTube channel]