Brian Hare

Associate Professor in the Department 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

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

One Health Innovation Fellowships for Zoonotic Disease Research in Mongolia awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2013 to 2018

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

Identifying the cognitive traits of successful companion dogs awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2013


Hare, B. "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. ML Platt and AA Ghazanfar. 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. February 1, 2010. Full Text

Krupenye, C, and Hare, B. "Bonobos Prefer Individuals that Hinder Others over Those that Help." Current biology : CB (January 3, 2018). 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-. 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

Pontzer, H, Brown, MH, Raichlen, DA, Dunsworth, H, Hare, B, Walker, K, Luke, A, Dugas, LR, Durazo-Arvizu, R, Schoeller, D, Plange-Rhule, J, Bovet, P, Forrester, TE, Lambert, EV, Thompson, ME, Shumaker, RW, and Ross, SR. "Metabolic acceleration and the evolution of human brain size and life history." Nature 533.7603 (May 4, 2016): 390-392. Full Text

Krupenye, C, Rosati, AG, and Hare, B. "What's in a frame? Response to Kanngiesser & Woike (2016)." Biology letters 12.1 (January 2016): 20150959-. Full Text

Bray, EE, MacLean, EL, and Hare, BA. "Increasing arousal enhances inhibitory control in calm but not excitable dogs." Animal cognition 18.6 (November 2015): 1317-1329. Full Text Open Access Copy

Reddy, RB, MacLean, EL, Sandel, AA, and Hare, B. "Social inhibitory control in five lemur species." Primates; journal of primatology 56.3 (July 2015): 241-252. Full Text