Monkey Business

Most of us can understand how we feel if someone else gets a better reward for doing the exact same work we did.  Researchers are studying how these feelings of inequity evolved and if primates have the same sense of inequity.  Sarah Brosnan, a psychologist and neuroscientist at Georgia State, has released a study helping to prove that primates share similar feelings of inequity as humans, and she will extend the research with a five year National Science Foundation grant.  In the next round of research Brosnan will work with Bart Wilson at Chapman University to do similar hands-on and computer game-like experiments on both humans and primates.  The idea is to better understand how economic decision making strategies evolved and which if any are uniquely human.

Provided by the National Science Foundation

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