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What can animal emotions teach us about ourselves?

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain

21 Albemarle Street

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The YouTube video of Mama, a dying and previously unresponsive 59-year-old chimpanzee matriarch, greeting her human friend Jan Van Hooff, has been watched 9.5 million times. Watching it, it is impossible to imagine that Mama does not feel the same emotion that we would in a similar situation. But this likeness isn’t enough for science.

Join us as Frans de Waal examines the evidence for animal emotions, calling time on outdated research, and updating us on innovative studies with vivid recollections from a lifetime of observing primates. Frans will discuss facial expressions, animal sentience and consciousness, the emotional side of human politics, and the illusion of free will.




This event is part of our 'Ri Patrons present' series. With the support of the Ri Patron community, we are pleased to present this monthly series of fascinating events bringing together science and society. Following the event, Ri Patrons have the opportunity to meet the speakers and learn more about their research.

Free tickets are available to Ri Patrons and discounted tickets are available to Members of the Ri. Find out more about how to join our community.

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.

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Event image: joelfotos via Pixabay

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