Dario Maestripieri Column: Games Primates Play The evolution and economics of human relationships
Dario Maestripieri, Ph.D., is a professor of comparative human development, evolutionary biology, and neurobiology at the University of Chicago. He has published over 175 scientific articles about many aspects of nonhuman primate and human social behavior such as aggression and dominance, affiliation and social bonding, communication and cognition, mating and reproduction, and parenting and development. Dr. Maestripieri was awarded the B. Grassi Prize as the Best Young Zoologist from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Italy in 1989, the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association in 2000, and a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health in 2001. He has been elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science for sustained and outstanding distinguished contributions to psychological sciences, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to the integrative study of animal behavior. Dr. Maestripieri has written several books including Primate Psychology (2003), Macachiavellian Intelligence: How Rhesus Macaques and Humans Have Conquered the World (2007), Maternal Effects in Mammals (2009), and Games Primates Play: An Undercover Investigation of the Evolution and Economics of Human Relationships (2012). He has appeared in many national and international TV and radio shows and his research has been featured in a number of newspapers and magazines around the world including The New York Times, Pravda, LeMonde, Der Spiegel, the Guardian, La Repubblica, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The New Scientist, American Scientist, Nature, and Science. He lives in Chicago but spends a lot of time also in California and in Europe. He loves to read good fiction and is an avid fan of European soccer.
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