Social Cognition

Beyond the projects related to decision-making, we are also interested in social cognition more broadly. Individuals in our lab are studying a range of topics including social learning, personality, relationships, and more applied questions of primate wellbeing.


Relevant Publications

Morton, FB, Lee, PC, Buchanan-Smith, HM, Theirry, B, de Waal, FBM, Widness, J, Essler, J, Paukner, A, Brosnan, SF, Weiss, A (2013). Personality and behavior in brown capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella): Understanding social affiliation and primate personality evolution. Journal of Comparative Psychology. doi:10.1037/a0031723.

Freeman HD, Brosnan SF, Hopper LM, Lambeth SP, Schapiro SJ & Gosling SD. (2013). Developing a comprehensive and comparative questionnaire for measuring personality in chimpanzees using a simultaneous top-down/bottom-up designAmerican Journal of Primatology. 75, 1042-1053.

Hopper, L.M., Holmes, A.N., Williams, L.E., & Brosnan, S.F. 2013. Dissecting the mechanisms of squirrel monkey (Saimiri boliviensis) social learning. PeerJ 1:e13, DOI 10.7717/peerj.13

Evans, T. A., Perdue, B. M., Parrish, A. E., Menzel, E. C., Brosnan, S. F., & Beran, M. J. (2012). How Is Chimpanzee Self-Control Influenced by Social Setting?. Scientifica, 2012.

Salwiczek, L. H., Prétôt, L., Demarta, L., Proctor, D., Essler, J., Pinto, A. I., Wismer, S., Stoinski, T., Brosnan, S.F., & Bshary, R. (2012). Adult Cleaner Wrasse Outperform Capuchin Monkeys, Chimpanzees and Orang-utans in a Complex Foraging Task Derived from Cleaner-Client Reef Fish Cooperation. PloS one, 7(11), e49068.

Hopper, L. M., Schapiro, S. J., Lambeth, S. P. & Brosnan, S. F. (2011). Chimpanzees' socially maintained food preferences indicate both conservatism and conformity. Animal Behaviour. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.03.002.

Proctor, D. P., Lambeth, S. P., Schapiro, S. J., & Brosnan, S. F. (2011). Male chimpanzees' grooming rates vary by female age, parity, and fertility status. American Journal of Primatology, n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1002/ajp.20964.

Brosnan, Sarah F. and de Waal, Frans B. M. (2009). Cebus apella tolerate intermittent unreliability in human experimenters. International Journal of Primatology DOI 10.1007/s10764-009-9366-x.

Brosnan, Sarah F. and de Waal, Frans B. M.  (2006)  Partial support for a non-replication: Commentary on Roma, Silberberg, Ruggiero, and Suomi (2006)Journal of Comparative Psychology 120(1): 74-75.

Brosnan, Sarah F., Dugatkin, Lee A., and Early, Ryan L. (2003) Observational learning and predator inspection in guppies, (Poecilia reticulata). Ethology 109: 823-834.

Brosnan, Sarah F. and de Waal, Frans B. M. (2003) Regulation of vocalizations by chimpanzees finding food in the presence or absence of an audience. Evolution of Communication 4 (2): 211-224.