Thomas Boraud co-editor in « Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society B »
Thomas Boraud co-edited a special issue of Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society B, dedicated to economic behavior in primates, with Sacha Bourgeois Girond (Paris-Sorbonne) and Elsa Addessi (Rome).
Humans often deal with complex economies by means of limited cognitive resources. Studying how our bounded minds adapt to such complex economies leads scientists to look at non-human animals and especially at non-human primates, our closest relatives. This theme issue investigates whether the roots of human economic behaviour can be traced in non-human primates according to two lines of inquiry. Firstly, by probing isolated decisional factors through experimental paradigms, such as intertemporal choice and probabilistic choice tasks; and secondly by analysing the non-human primate ability to perform complex economic behaviours, such as trading and cooperation, according to basic criteria for human economic behaviour. This theme issue will serve as an anchor for launching novel evolutionarily-oriented behavioural economics research programs within an interdisciplinary scientific community.This issue will soon be available to buy in print. Visit our information for readers page for more purchasing options.