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Alumni in Action

Psychology

Psychology alumnus Dr. Antoine Spiteri’s research work was recently featured in the NOVA television special, “Ape Genius.” Dr. Spiteri is interested in cultural transmission and social learning— the mechanism of diffusion and group processes in apes and humans. He has conducted several comprehensive experiments with children and chimpanzees aimed at exploring the scope of social transmission in apes and humans. Dr. Spiteri has documented the first experimental evidence of group-to-group social transmission in primates. He created two separate traditions in two different groups of chimpanzees and examined the role of status on social learning in the chimpanzees. His research has been published in “Transmission of Multiple Traditions within and between Chimpanzee Groups,” Current Biology. Congratulations, Dr. Spiteri!