Machiavellian Intelligence retrospective

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Thirty years on from the publication of Machiavellian Intelligence (Byrne & Whiten, 1988), it is time to consider how the ideas in it have influenced understanding of the evolution of intelligence, how they have been tested (and sometimes misunderstood), and whether they are still relevant today. This essay attempts to do so.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-436
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Comparative Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2018


  • Intelligence
  • Brain size
  • Social complexity
  • Mentalizing


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