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Distinguished Faculty Lecture

You are cordially invited to attend the

2014 - 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Tuesday, February 3

4:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center


Frans B.M. de Waal, Ph.D.

C.H. Candler Professor of Psychology
Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Primate Center
Emory University Department of Psychology


Dr. de Waal will be speaking on:

Evolution of the Social Mind: Primate Politics, Culture and Morality

There remain few areas of social life regarding which science has not uncovered major continuities between the behavior of humans and other primates, including politics, culture, and morality. Over the last few decades, the consensus has moved from human uniqueness in all of these domains to fundamental similarity. Our socio-emotional mind is essentially a primate mind. In this lecture, I will review similarities in power politics, transmission of knowledge and habits, and moral prerequisites, such as empathy and the sense of fairness. Based on research conducted by my team at the Yerkes Primate Center and elsewhere, the focus will be on specific, well-defined behavioral mechanisms that permit the complex social organization and extensive cooperation observed in monkeys, apes, and humans.