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Physics and Psychology of Cats - An (Improbable) Conversation
Please join us as the Ig Nobel forces of improbable research and The Conversation combine for a dangerously smart and rational discussion.

Have you wondered why cats are so nimble, malleable, flexible and agile? How do cats fit in cups and vases? Why do felines grab our attention and love (well, the love of some of us)? Why are their videos more popular on the Internet than dog videos? Marc Abrahams, Jean Berko Gleason and Marc-Antoine Fardin will discuss these and other cat science questions, probable and improbable, in an intriguing and hopefully humorous online discussion on January 20, 2022 from 4-5 pm ET/1-2 pm PT.

Marc Abrahams is the editor and co-founder of Annals of Improbable Research, and the originator and master of ceremonies of the annual Ig Nobel Prize celebration. He was formerly editor of the Journal of Irreproducible Results.

Jean Berko Gleason is a psycholinguist and professor emerita of Psychological and Brain Science at Boston University. She has made significant contributions to the understanding of language acquisition in children, aphasia, gender difference in language development and parent-child interactions. Gleason is the author or co-author of some 125 papers on language development in children; and editor/co-editor of 2 textbooks. She is also a cat enthusiast and a frequent guest at the Ig Nobel ceremonies.

Marc-Antoine Fardin is a rheology researcher at the University of Paris. He is the winner of the Ig Nobel prize in Physics in 2017 for exploring the use of fluid dynamics to probe the question “Can a cat be both solid and a liquid?”, a topic he explained in The Conversation.

We’ll hear from these experts and also try to answer other feline mysteries.

Jan 20, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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