Social animals are constantly faced with decisions about how to interact with other group members. Our lab studies different aspects of social decision-making, which allows us to gain a full understanding of the evolution of decision-making.
Brosnan, SF, Beran, MJ, Parrish, AE, Price, SA, Wilson, BJ (2013). Comparative approaches to studying strategy: Towards an evolutionary account of primate decision making. Evolutionary Psychology 11(3): 606-627.
Owen, Jones D. and Brosnan, Sarah F. (2008). Law, biology, and property: A new theory of the endowment effect. William and Mary Law Review 49: 1935-1990.
Brosnan, Sarah F., Grady, Mark, Lambeth, Susan P., Schapiro, Steven J., and Beran, Michael J. (2008) Chimpanzee Autarky. PLoS ONE 3(1): e1518. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001518.
Brosnan, Sarah F. and de Waal, Frans B. M. (2005) A simple response to barter in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Primates 46: 173-182.
Brosnan, Sarah F. and de Waal, Frans B. M. (2004) A concept of value during experimental exchange in brown capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). Folia Primatologica 75: 317-330.
Brosnan, Sarah F. and de Waal, Frans B. M. (2004) Socially learned preferences for differentially rewarded tokens in the brown capuchin monkey, Cebus apella. Journal of Comparative Psychology 119: 133-139.
Brosnan, Sarah F. and de Waal, Frans B. M. (2002). Variations on tit-for-tat: Proximate mechanisms of cooperation and reciprocity. Human Nature 13 (1): 129-152.