Evolution of Primate Social Cognition

EVANTH363S

Social life of primates, with a focus on cognitive implications of social complexity. Primary emphasis on how social organization and social behavior influence the acquisition, expression, and transmission of information or knowledge. Topics include: tool use and causality; discrimination and insight learning; social influences on learning (for example, facilitation, inhibition, observation, imitation); knowledge of the social domain (individual recognition, kinship, hierarchies); coalitions, alliances, cooperation, and reciprocity; social conflict and reconciliation; traditions and cultural transmission; vocal and gestural communi- cation; tactical deception and social manipulation; visual monitoring; intentionality; and instruction. One course. 

Curriculum Codes: 
NS, R