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Sharing and Cooperation

Group-living primates are highly social animals that cooperate and share resources in many ways. But not always, and not everything. We investigate the motivations and social cognitive skills that structure cooperation and sharing in humans and non-human primates. We investigate whether these motivations and cognitive abilities differ from one primate species to another and whether humans and chimpanzees living in different social and physical environments cooperate and share differently.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Haun
Director || Head of Department
Cohen, E. (2012) The evolution of tag-based cooperation in humans: the case for accent. Current Anthropology, 53(5): 588-616.

Rekers, Y., Haun, D. B. M., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Children, but not chimpanzees, prefer to collaborate. Current Biology, 21(20), 1756-8.

Schäfer, M., Haun, D.B.M., Tomasello, M. (2015). Fair is not fair everywhere. Psychological Science, 26(8), 1252-1260.

Zeidler, H., Herrmann, E., Haun, D.B.M.*, Tomasello, M.* (in press). Taking Turns or Not? Children’s Approach to Limited Resource Problems in Three Different Cultures. Child Development

Liebal, K., Vaish, A., Haun, D.B.M., Tomasello, M. (2014).Does sympathy motivate prosocial behaviour in great apes? PLoS One, 9(1), e84299

Cronin, K. A., Pieper, B., Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Mundry, R., & Haun, D. B. M.(2014). Problem solving in the presence of others: How rank and relationship quality impact resource acquisition in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). PLoS One, 9(4): e93204. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093204

Messner, D., Guarín, A., & Haun, D.B.M. (2013). The Behavioural Dimensions of International Cooperation. Global Cooperation Research Papers, 1.

Cohen, E., Haun, D.B.M. (2013). The development of tag-based cooperation via a socially acquired trait. Evolution & Human Behavior. 43(3), 230-235.