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What can we learn from macaques? Cognition, welfare and public engagement

Bridget Waller and Jérôme Micheletta, University of Portsmouth 

7:30 for 8:00 start

Many of the outstanding questions regarding the evolution of human behaviour can be answered by studying nonhuman primates. Here we will present some recent work carried out at Marwell Zoo(Winchester, Hampshire) and the Owl and Monkey Haven (Isle of Wight), focussing on the social cognition and communication of the critically endangered crested macaque and rhesus macaques. We will also highlight how scientific research can contribute to improving the welfare of captive animals and how knowledge generated through such collaborations can be disseminated to the public.

Bridget Waller is Reader in Evolutionary Psychology and director of the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. Her main interest is the evolution and function of facial expressions in humans and nonhuman primates.

Jérôme Micheletta is Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. His main interest is the evolution of complex communication and how this relates to characteristics of nonhuman primates’ social systems. 

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