'The Social Dominance Paradox'
- Frankland 305
- Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
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.