Invited Speakers


For the past 20 years, my colleagues and I have been conducting comparative studies of great apes and human children. The early studies focused on social learning, the middle studies focused on “theory of mind”, and the most recent studies have focused on cooperation and communication. Throughout, our goal has been to determine what distinguishes humans from other great apes in terms of both their cognitive and their social capacities. Our current hypothesis is that whereas great apes are immensely intelligent and skillful as individuals, humans have found ways to amplify their cognitive and social skills by putting their heads together with others cooperatively in acts of shared intentionality.

Meet Our Plenary Speakers

Dr. Peter Gray

Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Rebecca Bliege Bird

Department of Anthropology, Penn State University

Dr. Valerie Curtis

Environmental Health Group, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Dr. Martie Haselton

Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Rufus Johnstone

Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Dr. Cristine Legare

Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Rebecca Sear

Department of Population Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine