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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

What can the behavior of other primates and non-primates tell us about human behavior, including our capacity to cooperate?

Undergraduate discussion lunch with

Evolutionary Anthropologist Brian Hare
of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Hutton Honors College Great Room (811 E. Seventh St.)
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: See details below

Evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare, heads Duke University's Hominoid Psychology Research Group, which researches the psychology of primates, such as humans, bonobos, chimpanzees, and lemurs, and non-primates, such as dogs, to learn more about the evolution of human and human-like social skills, such a cooperative problem solving. A key question guiding his research is, "What is human about our mind and brain and how did it get that way?" Join Hare and fellow students for this lunch discussion to learn about his non-invasive methodologies, what his research tells us, and what he sees it contributing to the service of society, including "identifying causes of developmental disorders such as autism," "understanding the biological basis of human trust, tolerance, and aggression," and "describing the biological basis of human economic preferences." Click here to learn more about his work.

SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this undergraduate event, please check your schedule to make sure you are available for the entire event and e-mail Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "Brian Hare" program and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied.

Hare is the first of seven primatologists who will be visiting campus this fall to deliver public lectures on primate behavior as part of themester programming on Good Behavior, Bad Behavior: Molecules to Morality. His public lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6-7 p.m., in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall on "How Does a More Cooperative Ape Evolve?" For more information on the lecture series, which is co-sponsored by the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, go here. Please direct any questions about the series to its organizers, anthropology Professors Michael Muehlenbein ( and Kevin Hunt ( More information on Hare's work is available on his website.

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