Brain Size and Innovation in Primates

Ana Navarrete*, Kevin Laland

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Citations (Scopus)


In the last few years, several researchers have focused on answering the question of how innovative behavior, the basis of creativity, may be favored evolutionarily. In primates, a group characterized with large brains and examples of outstanding cognitive capabilities, there seems to be a large amount of support linking encephalization and innovation. However, the question of why some species are more innovative than others of similar brain size remains unclear.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnimal Creativity and Innovation
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages45
ISBN (Electronic)9780128007136
ISBN (Print)9780128006481
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Brain size
  • Cognitive ability
  • Comparative evolution
  • Creativity
  • Encephalization
  • Innovation
  • Primate
  • Social brain


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