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From Mimicry to Trust: A Tinbergian Approach

Project description

Explaining our decision to trust or distrust

When dealing with others, we often rely on quick non-verbal biological messages, as in mimicry (an evolved resemblance between two different organisms) to verify another person’s real emotions, intentions, empathy and trustworthiness. Psychologists, however, are still trying to understand specific processes and effects of mimicry. In this context, the EU-funded CoPAN project aims to use a novelty theoretical Tinbergian framework to explain which forms of mimicry are empathic and study their role for our decisions to trust or to distrust. Specifically, it will examine both biological and psychological factors to understand the function, mechanisms and development of mimicry. A comparative study involving bonobo, the closest relative of humans amongst apes, will enable the researcher to explain the basics of our mechanisms of prosocial behaviour.

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-STG
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Host institution

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 500 000

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 500 000
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments