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A postdoctoral position in comparative social cognition shared between the
Department of Behavioral Sciences-Psychology at the University of Michigan-
Dearborn and the Department of Psychology University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is
available beginning as early as September 2021. Candidates with a Ph.D. in
primate behavior and cognition/comparative cognition, cognitive psychology, or
related fields are encouraged to apply.
The position is funded for up to three years by the Templeton World Charity
Foundation - Diverse Intelligences division. The position involves
comparative data collection and analysis through testing bonobos, chimpanzees
and humans (children and adults) using virtual reality (non-invasive
testing only). This social cognitive project has four main objectives. First,
it will rigorously evaluate the theoretical foundations of intentional
cooperation by nonhuman animals (apes) compared to humans as distinct from
behaviors (ie., competitive) that may appear to be cooperative. The cross-
species comparison also aims to identify whether nonhuman apes exhibit pre-
cursors to, or the full repertoire of, intentional cooperation. Second, the
project will include developing formal theoretical models in the form of
computational agent models of the learning and behavioral strategies exhibited
by the nonhuman apes and humans. Third, the introduction of ape avatars will
allow exploration of questions about ‘self' in virtual reality, and to further
our understanding of Theory of Mind in nonhuman primates. The fourth aim is
to advance the science and methods of testing nonhuman primate cognition using
The postdoctoral position will benefit from interaction with other research
team members and world-class faculty at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor
and Dearborn campuses), and research team members at the University of St.
Andrews' Psychology Department and the Department of Brain and Cognitive
Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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