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Jingzhi Tan, Postdoctoral Associate

Research Interests:
Cognition and behavior

Areas of Interest:
Prosocial behavior
Cognitive evolution

Current Projects: Xenophilia in bonobos, Other-regarding preferences in bonobos, Xenophobia in humans, Trust formation in domestic dogs

Research Summary:
Humans are incredibly skillful in working with others. We cooperate in large-scale for a long term with unfamiliar strangers even in a costly way. However, how human cooperation evolved remains a mystery. Are we ultra-cooperators because we evolved to be genuinely altruistic to others or because we became more trusting to strangers? I study the psychological mechanisms of cooperation and trust in humans, nonhuman primates and dogs. I take a comparative approach to examine what are unique (and not unique) in human cooperation and how these traits evolved.

Recent Publications   (search)

  1. Tan, J; Ariely, D; Hare, B. "Bonobos respond prosocially toward members of other groups.." Scientific Reports 7.1 (November, 2017): 14733. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Tan, J; Hare, B. "Bonobos share with strangers.." Plos One 8.1 (January, 2013): e51922. [doi]  [abs]

  • B.S., Peking University, Beijing, China, 2008

Contact Info: 

108 Biological Sciences Building | jingzhi.tan@duke.edu

Curriculum Vitae

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