The Leibniz ScienceCampus Primate Cognition
Why do primates have such large brains? Theories trying to explain the large brains and advanced cognitive abilities of humans and non-human primates center on the high demands for the intake, processing and integration of sensory information and its translation into actions. Likewise, the cause-effect relationships of actions and their consequences may need to be considered in action planning and execution.
To achieve a comprehensive framework for the mechanisms of information processing and decision making in human and non-human primates, the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Primate Cognition" was founded in 2015, and offers a joint research platform for neuroscientists, psychologists and cognitive and behavioral biologists. Under its unifying theme of human and non-human primates' abilities to maneuver in their complex social and physical environment, the ScienceCampus supports integrative and comparative research ideas, collaborations, international exchange and outreach activities.