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Lori Marino

Lori Marino is a Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Psychology and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Ethics at Emory. Dr. Marino received her Ph.D. in 1995 from the State University of New York at Albany where she began her current research program on cetacean and primate intelligence and brain evolution.  Her specific interests are in brain-behavior relationships, the evolution of intelligence, self-awareness in other species, and, more recently, human-nonhuman relationships.  In 2001 she and her colleague Diana Reiss published the first evidence for mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  She developed and continues to teach Brain Imaging, as an NBB elective that has been offered for the past several years.  She also teaches several other content courses in comparative neuroanatomy and animal behavior. Dr. Marino supervised the Independent Research course for NBB for several years. Dr. Marino is very interested in not only training students to be critical thinkers and scientists but also in providing an academic context for the study of non-invasive models of science, animal welfare, advocacy, and ethics


Dr. Marino Speaks at Athens Film Festival

Friday October 9th 2009.





This is to announce a new publication in Society & Animals


Dear Colleagues,


This is to announce a new publication (attached) in Society & Animals that addresses the common claim that zoos and aquaria contribute to education and conservation.  I hope you find it of interest and ask that you send to your colleagues.


Thank you,






Modern-day zoos and aquariums market themselves as places of education and conservation. A

recent study conducted by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) (Falk et al.,

2007) is being widely heralded as the first direct evidence that visits to zoos and aquariums produce

long-term positive effects on people’s attitudes toward other animals. In this paper, we analyze these claims and conclude that Falk et al (2007) contains at least six major threats to methodological validity

that undermine the authors’ conclusions. There remains no compelling evidence for the claim

that zoos and aquariums promote attitude change, education, or interest in conservation in



You can find the AZA study here:


September 2, 2008

Contact: Jill Howard Church, Communications Director, Animals and Society Institute, (770) 719-9773 orĀ, or call ASI at (734) 677-9240


NC Animal Protection Conference Features Emory Lecturer,

Offers Scholarships


An international animal protection conference is offering half-price scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. “Speaking Their Truth,” the 23rd annual International Compassionate Living Festival, will take place October 3-5 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina. It will feature 17 scholars, authors, activists and artists devoted to nonviolent social and political change on behalf of all animals. The conference has a strong academic and scientific focus, with concentrations on animal behavior, biology, sociology, psychology, history, ethics, political science, economics and human-animal studies. The event is produced by the Raleigh-based Culture and Animals Foundation and the Animals and Society Institute, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Irene Pepperberg, an associate professor at Brandeis University and lecturer at Harvard University who spent 30 years doing cognition and communication studies with an African grey parrot named Alex. She and Alex were featured in the March 2008 issue of National Geographic magazine, and her work has been widely published.

Also among the speakers is Michael Mountain, president of Best Friends Animal Society, whose sanctuary in Utah is rehabilitating 22 pit bulls confiscated from former NFL star Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation. Dr. Lori Marino of Emory University will discuss her research findings on the worldwide business of dolphin-assisted therapy and the reality behind its popular image.

Other speakers include Dr. Tom Regan, emeritus professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University and the co-founder of the Culture and Animals Foundation; Dr. Leslie Irvine, a sociologist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who has studied human-animal relationships; Gianluca Felicetti of Italy’s Anti-Vivisection League, describing European animal protection campaigns; Ron Pickarski of Eco-Cuisine, a monk-turned-chef who will discuss spiritual vegetarianism; author Norm Phelps, who will discuss the history of the animal rights movement; and two panels of national experts who will focus on humane campaign economics and grassroots political organizing. 

Scholarship recipients will pay only $85 for the entire three-day program, including five vegan meals and all program materials. Applications are available at and must be submitted by September 19.






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