Using CCTV to test theories of bystander conflict behaviour from primatology
Little is known about human behaviour during conflicts because direct and undisturbed naturalistic observations of humans are rare. While primatology has provided extensive evidence of a behavioural universality shared with non-human and human primates, social scientists have started using closed-circuit television (CCTV) to make systematic and unobtrusive observations. However, there is still a need for integration with theories and methodologies from ethology. In this context, the EU-funded SOCIOETHO project will connect ethology to the social sciences by testing theories of bystander conflict behaviour from primatology on CCTV camera observations of human adults in 500 conflicts. It will integrate methodological standards for observational studies from ethology in the social sciences.