Primatology and Psychology, Shedding Light on Culture and Behavior

Frans de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His latest research concerns empathy and cooperation, inequity aversion and social cognition in chimpanzees, bonobos, and other species.

In a discussion with APS’s Charles Blue, Frans explores the connection between primatology and psychology and how they intersect on issues of culture and behavior. This discussions relates to the APS President Shinobu Kitayama‘s (professor of psychology at the University of Michigan and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition) column in the January-February 2021 Observer.