Brian Hare

Brian Hare

Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

External address: 
004 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383
(919) 660-7292


Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2004

  • M.A., Harvard University 2000

  • B.A., Emory University 1998

Selected Grants

Creating an Online Tool for Large-Scale Comparative Cognition Collaborations awarded by Templeton World Charity Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

One Health Innovation Fellowships for Zoonotic Disease Research in Mongolia awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2013 to 2019

Can playful learning increase success in canine good citizenship training? awarded by Stanton Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

Characterizing Comparative Cognitive Development to Predict and Enhance Military Working Dog Performance awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

2016-17 Next Generation Canine Research Fellowship awarded by Stanton Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Social Integration in Female Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in Gombe National Park, Tanzania and Tchimpounga Sanctuary, C awarded by Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Cognitive Predictors of Assistance Dog Success awarded by American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

Reducing the Demand for Bonobo Bushmeat: An Efficacy Assessment of Lola ya Bonobo's Conservation Education Program awarded by National Academy of Sciences (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015

Identifying Temperamental and Cognitive Traits that Lead to Successful IED Detector Dogs awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2015

Collaborative Research: Genetic Bases for the Evolution of Human Diet awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2014


Bonobos.: Oxford University Press, January 18, 2018. Full Text

Hare, B, and Yamamoto, S. "Minding the bonobo mind.": Oxford University Press. January 18, 2018. Full Text

Krupenye, C, MacLean, EL, and Hare, B. "Does the bonobo have a (chimpanzee-like) theory of mind?.": Oxford University Press. January 18, 2018. Full Text

Tan, J, and Hare, B. "Prosociality among non-kin in bonobos and chimpanzees compared.": Oxford University Press. January 18, 2018. Full Text

Faust, LJ, André, C, Belais, R, Minesi, F, Pereboom, Z, Rodriguez, K, and Hare, B. "Bonobo population dynamics: Past patterns and future predictions for the Lola ya Bonobo population using demographic modelling.": Oxford University Press. January 18, 2018. Full Text

Walker, K, and Hare, B. "Bonobo baby dominance: Did female defense of offspring lead to reduced male aggression?.": Oxford University Press. January 18, 2018. Full Text

Hare, B, and Woods, V. "Cognitive comparisons of genus Pan support bonobo self-domestication.": Oxford University Press. January 18, 2018. Full Text

"Is human free will prisoner to primate, ape, and hominin preferences and biases?." Moral Psychology, Volume 4: Free Will And Moral Responsibility. January 1, 2014. 361-366.

Rosati, Alexandra G., , Santos, Laurie R., , and Hare, B. "Primate Neuroethology." Primate Neuroethology. Ed. Platt, ML and Ghazanfar, AA.: Oxford University Press, USA. August 16, 2012. 117-143. Open Access Copy

Rosati, A G, , and Hare, B. "Social Cognition: From Behavior-Reading to Mind-Reading." Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience. Ed. George F. Koob and Michel Le Moal. Elsevier Science, May 26, 2010. 263-270. Open Access Copy

Rosati, AG, Santos, LR, and Hare, B. "Primate Social Cognition: Thirty Years After Premack and Woodruff." Primate Neuroethology.: Oxford University Press. January 1, 2010. 117-143. Full Text

Horschler, DJ, Hare, B, Call, J, Kaminski, J, Miklósi, Á, and MacLean, EL. "Absolute brain size predicts dog breed differences in executive function." Animal Cognition (January 3, 2019). Full Text

Krupenye, C, Tan, J, and Hare, B. "Bonobos voluntarily hand food to others but not toys or tools." Proceedings. Biological Sciences 285.1886 (September 12, 2018). Full Text

Lucca, K, MacLean, EL, and Hare, B. "The development and flexibility of gaze alternations in bonobos and chimpanzees." Developmental Science 21.4 (July 2018): e12598-null. Full Text

Krupenye, C, and Hare, B. "Bonobos Prefer Individuals that Hinder Others over Those that Help." Current Biology : Cb 28.2 (January 4, 2018): 280-286.e5. Full Text

MacLean, EL, and Hare, B. "Enhanced Selection of Assistance and Explosive Detection Dogs Using Cognitive Measures." Frontiers in Veterinary Science 5 (January 2018): 236-null. Full Text

Tan, J, Ariely, D, and Hare, B. "Bonobos respond prosocially toward members of other groups." Scientific Reports 7.1 (November 7, 2017): 14733-null. Full Text

MacLean, EL, Herrmann, E, Suchindran, S, and Hare, B. "Individual differences in cooperative communicative skills are more similar between dogs and humans than chimpanzees." Animal Behaviour 126 (April 2017): 41-51. Full Text

Hare, B. "Survival of the Friendliest: Homo sapiens Evolved via Selection for Prosociality." Annual Review of Psychology 68 (January 2017): 155-186. (Review) Full Text

Reddy, RB, Krupenye, C, MacLean, EL, and Hare, B. "No evidence for contagious yawning in lemurs." Animal cognition 19.5 (September 2016): 889-898. Full Text