Interactive Sessions - Kids' Tech University (KTU) at SWVAC    
Dr. Mike Bowers April 22, 2017
How can animal communication help us understand language?

An interactive session led by Dr. Mike Bowers

Assistant Professor in the School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech

Animals communicate in a variety of ways. These communication signals can include vocal growls from a lion or the wiggle of the tail from a dog. In fact, some animals communicate using sounds humans are not able to hear. We humans share with animals this capacity to communicate, but little is known about how the brain learns and uses language. The lecture will describe how investigating the communication systems and the brains of animals can help us to better understand neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism that have communication impairments.