E. (Eythan) Cousin

PhD Candidate
Animal Behaviour and Cognition

My aim as a PhD candidate is to draw light on the interplay between culture and sociality in non-human primates and to understand how culture became a pervasive aspect of human (social) life. To achieve this goal, we need to understand its evolutionary origins.  

Therefore, I will focus on Rhesus macaques intergroup comparison in collaboration with the Biomedical Primate Research Center, in Rijswijk. I aim to disentangle the different social learning strategies (like conformity) employed by the macaques and how those are influenced by the Social Network, and how in turn they influence the group structure. I then aim to uncover if different groups could develop their own “cultural” sociality through social learning.