'The Social Dominance Paradox'

Frankland 305
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Tuesday 10th November 2015 (13:00-14:00)
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Part of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience and Development Group Seminar Series

Speaker: Jennifer Cook

Dominant individuals report high levels of self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and authoritarianism. The lay stereotype suggests that such individuals ignore information from others, preferring to make their own choices. However, the nonhuman animal literature presents a conflicting view, suggesting that dominant individuals are avid "social learners", whereas subordinates focus on learning from "private experience". In this talk I will discuss the distinction between "social" and "private" learning and evaluate whether the stereotypical view of dominant humans as "private learners" is appropriate.