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Spring 2021 Colloquium Speaker Series

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March COLLOQUIUM

Zarin Machanda PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tuft University

TOPIC: 

"Social aging in wild chimpanzees"

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  Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 2:15PM

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"Social aging in wild chimpanzees"

 

Abstract:

Humans are living longer lives than ever before and so it is critical to understand the process of aging. It has also become increasingly recognized that successful aging is not just about physical health but also about our social lives. Chimpanzees are one of our closest living relatives and also lead long and socially complex lives. In this talk, Dr. Machanda will use long-term data from her field site studying wild chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, Uganda to explain how chimpanzee social relationships change with age. This study tests socioemotional selectivity theory, a prominent explanation from psychology of the human social aging phenotype. Data from chimpanzees can not only provide insight into aspects of human social psychology but can ultimately offer insight into what might constitute health social aging for humans. 

 

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