My research is aimed at exploring what it is in human psychology that makes us so different from other animals (such as the great apes, our closest evolutionary relatives). Specifically, I am interested in how the interplay between cognition (i.e. joint attention and shared intentionality) and motivation causes humans to engage in complex cooperation and large scale social cohesion. The project is funded by Duke University and by an international Fulbright scholarship awarded in the Netherlands.
Current Research Interests
Wouter Wolf is a PhD student at Duke University’s department of developmental psychology. In the Tomasellolab, he explores how we share psychological states (e.g. attention, emotion, knowledge) about the world with each other, and the role this shared psychology plays in social relationships. To do so, he studies the development of shared psychology in young children as well as how shared psychology in humans differs from other animal species, in particular the great apes.
For his work, Wouter has been awarded a Duke Lafitte large research grant, a Fulbright PhD scholarship, and a Dutch Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Scholarship.
For more information, see: www.wouterwolf.com
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