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Prof Andrew Whiten

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Emeritus Professor

tel +44 01334 462073
fax +44 01334 463042
email aw2@st-andrews.ac.uk
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Research overview

Recent and current research interests focus on social learning, traditions and culture. To elucidate the evolution of these phenomena I study and compare human and non-human primates, especially our closest living relatives, chimpanzees. Studies include both large scale surveys of behaviour in the wild and behavioural experiments with children and non-human primates. The latter studies include the first ones that track the diffusion of behavioural techniques experimentally introduced into existing groups. Development of social learning capacities is studied in children and juvenile non-human primates.

Highlighted publications

Haidle, MN, Bolus, M, Collard, M, Conard, NJ, Garofoli, D, Lombard, M, Nowell, A, Tennie, C & Whiten, A 2015, 'The nature of culture: an eight-grade model for the evolution and expansion of cultural capacities in hominins and other animals' Journal of Anthropological Sciences, vol 93, pp. 43-70. DOI: 10.4436/jass.93011
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4436/jass.93011
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/7209/1/Whiten_2015_JAS_NatureCulture_CC.pdf
2015

van de Waal, E, Claidiere, N & Whiten, A 2015, 'Wild vervet monkeys copy alternative methods for opening an artificial fruit' Animal Cognition, vol 18, no. 3, pp. 617-627. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-014-0830-4
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10071-014-0830-4
2015

Morgan, TJH, Uomini, NT, Rendell, LE, Chouinard-Thuly, L, Street, SE, Lewis, HM, Cross, CP, Evans, C, Kearney, R, de la Torre, I, Whiten, A & Laland, KN 2015, 'Experimental evidence for the co-evolution of hominin tool-making teaching and language' Nature Communications, vol 6, 6029. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7029
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms7029
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/6970/1/morgan_et_al_accepted_version.pdf
2015

Claidière, N, Whiten, A, Mareno, MC, Messer, EJE, Brosnan, SF, Hopper, LM, Lambeth, SP, Schapiro, SJ & McGuigan, N 2015, 'Selective and contagious prosocial resource donation in capuchin monkeys, chimpanzees and humans' Scientific Reports, vol 5, 7631. DOI: 10.1038/srep07631
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep07631
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/6028/1/Whiten_2015_SciRep_Selective_CC.pdf
2015

Kendal, R, Hopper, LM, Whiten, A, Brosnan, SF, Lambeth, SP, Schapiro, SJ & Hoppitt, W 2015, 'Chimpanzees copy dominant and knowledgeable individuals: implications for cultural diversity' Evolution and Human Behavior, vol 36, no. 1, pp. 65-72. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.09.002
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.09.002
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/7390/1/Whiten_2014_EHB_Chimpanzees_AM.pdf
2015

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