Prof Andrew Whiten:
Professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology and Wardlaw Professor of Psychology

Recent and current research interests focus on social learning, traditions and culture. To elucidate the evolution of these phenomena I study and compare human and non-human primates, especially our closest living relatives, chimpanzees. Studies include both large scale surveys of behaviour in the wild and behavioural experiments with children and non-human primates. The latter studies include the first ones that track the diffusion of behavioural techniques experimentally introduced into existing groups. Development of social learning capacities is studied in children and juvenile non-human primates.


Principal current interests include comparative and evolutionary studies of a cluster of topics centred around social learning, tradition and culture in humans (principally children) and non-human animals, studied both in the wild and in captivity. Experimental techniques have been developed to study cultural transmission in ‘diffusion’ studies, and also to uncover the underlying social learning mechanisms.

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