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The “Social Cognition Platform” Project

Kagan / Gail
Photo: WQ Media GmbH

It is commonly assumed that the social lifestyle of primates has shaped the cognitive abilities of monkeys, apes and humans. As social animals, they spend much time in interactions with group members and partners. This requires communicative skills and the ability to assess and integrate other individuals’ behavior in one’s own decision-making processes.

Embedded in the Leibniz ScienceCampus, researchers from the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, and the German Primate Center joined forces. With funding from the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, we are developing novel methodological and analytical tools to study the behavioral and neural basis of decision making processes in interactive social settings, in humans and non-human primates.

Lunch Meeting


Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m., CaPri

The group members meet every week for a joint lunch in the DPZ cafeteria (CaPri) to discuss experimental and theoretical aspects as well as to provide updates on the current project development.


Unakafov AM (2018). Pulse rate estimation using imaging photoplethysmography: generic framework and comparison of methods on a publicly available dataset. Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express 4(4), 045001.

Unakafov AM, Möller S, Kagan I, Gail A, Treue S, Wolf F (2018). Using imaging photoplethysmography for heart rate estimation in non-human primates. bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/252403

Unakafov AM, Schultze T, Kagan I, Moeller S, Eule S, Wolf F (2018). Emergence and suppression of cooperation by action visibility in transparent games. bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/314500

Video presention of the project