SBRI Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute - France (Lyon)

CORTEX Conference by François Osiurak

Date event : January 25, 2018 - 11:00am Conference / Talk Published on 01/12/2018 - 1:47pm

On the neurocognitive origins of human tool use: Toward a reasoning-based approach

François Osiurak (EMC Lab, Institut Universitaire de France, Laureate of the Grand Prix 2017 of the Association des Amis de l’Université de Lyon)

Tool  use  is  a  defining  feature  of  human  species.  So,  the  issue  of  the  underlying neurocognitive bases should be intensively explored. Yet, this issue has received very little interest,  mainly  because  of  the  profound  belief  that  tool  use  is  based  on  manipulation knowledge, as if tool use did not require any reasoning skills. In this talk, I will discuss the main recent advances in neuropsychology and cognitive neurosciences that have contributed to revise the idea that manipulation is central to tool use. This will lead me to present a new theoretical model suggesting that specific reasoning skills are involved in tool use.


Invited by Henry Kennedy


ISC Amphi - from 11am

Registration for the buffet by January 19th.