Within the biological sciences it has long been debated what factors drive cognitive evolution between species and which processes shape individual skill learning within species. Our research focuses on cognitive development and how variation during ontogeny influence motivational pathways and thereupon cognitive processes and skill learning.
Due to the anthropogenic impact on the world’s ecosystems, on a global scale species diversity of non-human animals is declining, yet some animals are thriving in human altered environments. Our research targets how different habitats influence primate’s domain-general cognitive abilities. By working together with the Inkawu Vervet Project, incorporating wild vervet monkeys, we are using a comparative approach to investigate the underlying cognition enabling vervet monkeys to seize new opportunities and successfully adapt to environmental change.