Text by Lauri Laanisto
Our new Centre of Excellence EcolChange continues with open seminars. This time the seminar is organized jointly with the Department of Botany of University of Tartu, and ASTRA project PER ASPERA Graduate School in Earth Sciences. The location is still the same – Vaga auditorium in the Department of Botany of the University of Tartu.
Prof. Jüri Allik will talk about: “Why animals, including humans, need personality?”
Thursday, 20th of October 2016 at 15:15. In Tartu, Lai st 40-218 (Vaga auditorium).
All are welcomed!
Immanuel Kant revived the ancient concept of four temperaments — choleric, melancholic, phlegmatic, and sanguine — and made it one of the most entertaining parts of his anthropology course. The modern personality psychology was born in 1936 when Gordon Allport and Henry Odbert were able to identify in the Webster’s Dictionary 17,953 unique terms used to describe personality or human behavior. I am going to discuss how far we have reached in our understanding why animals, including humans, need and have personality.
Well, this time the topic of the seminar is quite far away from plants. However is might be surprisingly close to physiology, as Jüri Allik has been doing a lot of experimental work with brain chemistry, electric signalling etc. His presentations and texts tend to be really interesting (and often also provoking) even if you do not know much about the topic beforehand.