Our second Seminar Series talk for 2019 by Prof. Thomas Suddendorf will consider the evolution of mental time travel. The talk will take place on Thursday 7th 2019. The talk will be held at The University of Auckland’s Clock Tower Lecture Theatre 105 – 029, from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.
Prof. Thomas Suddendorf: “Emerging foresight”
University of Queensland
Abstract: The human ability to travel mentally in time and to consider diverse future possibilities has increasingly become a topic of considerable research attention. Here I will review recent studies from our laboratory, examining the nature and development of foresight, from the essential capacity to conceive of alternatives, to strategic applications, such as deliberate practice aimed at shaping future skills. I maintain that complex prospection has been a prime mover in human evolution and is a key to understanding human dominance on the planet.