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Why do individuals cooperate? Exploring the behavioural, cognitive, and hormonal mechanisms governing cooperation in macaques.

Project description

Studying how the macaque monkeys cooperate

What influences people and animals to cooperate and select specific partners during cooperative interactions? The answer may lie within proximate mechanisms, which facilitate cooperation. The EU-funded CooPMacaque project will investigate four proxies: personality, prosociality, dominance rank relationships, and the interplay of hormones. The aim is to understand how cooperation evolved. The research will involve 100 monkeys belonging to 5 macaque species (Macaca mulatta, M. fuscata, M. fasicularis, M. Sylvanus and M. Silenus) that will be tested in their social groups in a semi-free-ranging environment. Specifically, the project will examine how similarities in personality and dominance rank relationships influence partner choice. It will investigate whether prosocial motivations of individuals initiate and enhance cooperative interaction as well as explore the impact of the interplay of peripheral oxytocin, testosterone and cortisol on cooperation.

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF


Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 175 572,48