Bird Brains and Growing Pains: How Development and Learning Change Your Perception

Whether you’re playing the piano, talking with your friends, or scoring the winning goal in a soccer game, you’re doing something you were at one point unable to do.

Our ability to learn new skills begins at birth, and is critical for shaping our perception and behavior later in life. Dr. Joe Schumacher from the Max Planck Florida institute for Neuroscience will discuss how the study of vocal learning in baby songbirds has provided new insights into how humans learn to communicate. He will also discuss current progress into understanding how adults learn to acquire new behaviors and perceptual abilities.

Date | Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location | Jupiter High School Auditorium, 500 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458
Contact | Dr. Stefan Harzen: 561-762-6473,


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Free admission. No RSVP required.


About the Meet the Scientist Lecture Series

This program promotes the dialogue between scientists and the people of the communities in which they live and work. Hosted at Jupiter High School, it has attracted world-class speakers and an average audience of 280 people. No doubt, one of the most successful programs of its kind in Florida.

The series is produced by the TARAS Foundation in collaboration with the Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy (JERFSA), a four-year academic program focusing on ecological principles and processes, environmental awareness, field studies and research, critical thinking and leadership skills.

Each season runs from October through April, with all events held at the Jupiter High School auditorium from 7 to 9 pm. Thanks to the support of the Rotary Club Jupiter-Tequesta and the Jupiter Inlet District, all lectures are free and open to the public.