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Social Climate

For decades, primatologists have focused on characterizing the social dynamics of primates living in groups. These efforts have resulted in widely-held concepts of species- typical social behaviour, yet recent research has begun to highlight just how much variability is present within species. Chimpanzees have historically been described as competitive and low in social tolerance, and this generalization of their social climate has led to the development of numerous hypotheses about the evolution of human sociality and cognition. Currently, we are combining observational and experimental methods to quantify the diversity in social climates expressed across multiple chimpanzee communities and working to determine how the specific social environment of a group influences the expression of cooperation and social learning.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Haun
Director || Head of Department
  • Cronin, K. A., & Sanchez, A. (2012). Social dynamics and cooperation: The case of nonhuman primates and its implications for human behavior. Advances in complex systems, 15, 1250066. doi:10.1142/S021952591250066X .
  • Cronin, K. A. (2012). Prosocial behaviour in animals: The influence of social relationships, communication and rewards. Animal Behaviour, 84, 1085-1093. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.08.009   .
  • van Leeuwen, E.J.C., Cronin, K.A., Haun, D.B.M., Mundry, R., & Bodamer, M.D. (2012). Neighbouring chimpanzee communities show different preferences in social grooming behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279 (1746), 4362-4367.