Cafe Science Dundee - Apes vs Humans: Social Traditions

  • Lara Wood (Presenter)
  • Urch, J. (Organiser)

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar


    If you invited a chimpanzee or a monkey to a dinner party would he know how to behave? Probably not, but whilst greeting and welcoming guests, sharing food and solving problems are usually seen as social traditions unique to humans, new research shows that this is not the case. Apes and monkeys share similar customs.

    By studying apes in zoos and in the wild, and looking at how children learn in schools Dr Lara Wood (Abertay University), has observed how each group learns and how mimicking plays a role in learning social habits.

    On the 14th November 2016, Lara, who has worked at the Living Links research centre at Edinburgh Zoo, gave a fascinating and accessible talk on , her research that has changed the way we think about ape, monkey and human culture.

    This was the final Cafe Science event for 2016 and it felt so good to end the year on such a high note. Thanks Lara!
    Period14 Nov 2016
    Event titleCafe Science Dundee
    Event typeOther
    Sponsors, Dundee Science Centre, Abertay University
    LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionRegional


    • Psychology
    • developmental
    • evolutionary