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Guillaume Dumas

Session:
Interdisciplinary Lecture


Institute:
Human Genetics and Cognitive Functions Laboratory, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
 
Website:
http://www.extrospection.eu/
Biography: 
Guillaume Dumas is researcher in the department of neuroscience of the Institut Pasteur in Paris. Originally from engineering and theoretical physics, he did a PhD on cognitive neuroscience at the University of Paris 6 (UPMC) and then moved in postdoc at the Center for Complex System and Brain Science of Florida Atlantic University. He came back in France for working in the “Human Genetics and Cognitive Functions” unit of the Institut Pasteur, where he started as a postdoc before receiving his permanent position. He has been involved in many projects at the interface between Science and Society, from outreach in schools and radio to advocacy in policymaking and research institutions.

Abstract:

Across scales: from Genes in Human Evolution to Brain in Social Interaction

 
Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary endeavour bridging scales in both space, time, and fields. This talk will illustrate how building those bridges provides alternatives heuristics to understand human cognition. We will start by the interactive turn taken recently by social neuroscience, discussing how the study of human-human and human-machine interaction have demonstrated how coordination with others shapes our individual mind. Then, we will move to the phylogeny of the primate nervous system and see how genetics at evolutionary time scale questions the singularity of the human brain. We will conclude on the importance of getting out of the traditional Academic comfort zone through a more interdisciplinary and open science.