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Dr Manon Schweinfurth

Dr Manon Schweinfurth

Lecturer in Psychology: Origins of Mind

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Diploma (MSc equivalent) ? Biology, Johannes-Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany)

PhD ? Behavioural Ecology, University of Bern (Bern, Switzerland)

SNSF research fellow ? Psychology, University of St Andrews (St Andrews, UK)

Research areas

My research focusses on the evolutionary and psychological origins of cooperation. In particular, I am interested in why and how individuals decide to help others instead of being selfish. To investigate these questions, I mostly study chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) besides humans. Most of my studies are based on predictions derived from game theoretical models that I test experimentally in both the lab and field. Please visit my website for more information and ways to join our lab.

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