Previous attempts to understand the evolution of human intelligence focused on comparisons between apes and human infants, but less was known about the abilities of monkeys. Working with long-tailed macaques and Barbary macaques, we challenged the hypothesis of a cognitive „gap“ between apes and monkeys. Presently, we studying social comparison processes in monkeys and social and cognitive aging in macaques.
Cognition and aging
- With increasing age, female Barbary macaques become socially more selective (Almeling et al. 2016)
- The social motivation and the interest in the non-social domain reveal differential trajectories (Almeling et al. 2016)
- Activity patterns decrease and spatial reclusiveness increases with age (Almeling et al. 2017)
- At the German Primate Center, we study a group of 28 long-tailed macaques. This allows us to employ state of the art touch-screen technology and interactive tests.
- In the monkey park „La Forêt de Singes“ in Rocamadour, France, we study a population of 130 free-ranging Barbary macaques. We combine behavioural observations and field experiments.
- MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
- Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna
- Social Cognition Group, University of Cologne