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Biography

Manon Schweinfurth grew up in Germany and studied Biology with Psychology as minor in Mainz (Germany). During her studies, she participated in multiple projects on ants, baboons, geese and ravens to study why and how animals get along with other. For her PhD, she moved to Bern (Switzerland) to study the evolution of social behaviours in rats. Thereafter, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, studying chimpanzees in Chimfunshi (Zambia). Today, she is a lecturer and group leader in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.

Research overview

Together with members of her Cooperation Lab, Manon Schweinfurth investigates the evolutionary and psychological origins of cooperation. In particular, she is interested in why and how individuals decide to help others instead of being selfish. To investigate these questions, she mostly studies chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) besides humans (Homo sapiens). Most of her studies are based on predictions derived from game theoretical models that she tests experimentally in both lab and field settings. Please visit her research group website for more information and ways to join her Cooperation Lab.

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