Psychology scholar Bennett Schwartz to discuss primate intelligence

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2009-10-05 07:23:27 - General

Bennett Schwartz

Bennett Schwartz, a psychology professor and researcher at Florida International University in Miami, will present a program on primate intelligence at Coe College. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in room 405 of Stuart Hall on the corner of First Avenue and College Drive. It is free and open to the public.

Schwartz conducts research on human memory, with an emphasis on metamemory; that is, the processes that allow people to monitor and control their own memory abilities. He also conducts research on memory in non-human primates that focuses on whether or not great apes, such as gorillas, can remember specific events from their lives. Schwartz has written and edited more than 40 journal articles, is the author of three books, and is currently an editor for three scientific journals.

The researcher received his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 1993 and joined the faculty at Florida International University the same year. Schwartz teaches classes in cognitive psychology and memory in the psychology department. In the honors college, he teaches interdisciplinary courses, including "Animals and Society." Schwartz is passionate about issues of animal welfare and donates his time and expertise to several animal sanctuaries.

The lecture is sponsored by the Coe Psychology Department. For more information, call 399-8581.