Games Primates Play: The evolution and economics of human relationships

1st May 2012; 13:00

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What is the nature of our inherited primate legacy, and how does it determine our lives today?

One of the world’s leading primatologists Dario Maestripieri visits the RSA to examine the curious unspoken customs that govern human behaviour.

An expert in the rules that make primates tick – who grooms whom, who submits, who dominates, and why – Maestripieri has applied the same techniques to humans, examining how we bond or spat with our parents and children, how we act with strangers in an elevator, and even how we send emails to different kinds of people. Though apparently motivated by free will, these patterns are so similar from person to person, and across species, that they reveal much more than our selected choices.

Speaker: Dario Maestripieri, Professor of Comparative Human Development, Evolutionary Biology, Neurobiology, and Psychiatry & Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Chicago

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