New Ideas in Cognitive Development

Social membership in the natural world

Practical information
15 November 2018

Salle Jaurès, 24 rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris


Organizers: Julie Grezes (INSERM) and Guillaume Dezecache (University College London)

Summary: Sociality is one of the key features of our ecological success as a species. While often taken for granted, entertaining and entertaining regular social interaction with others is costly. In this workshop, we will ask a series of experts what counts for an individual to be or become a group member in the population they study. We hope to discuss the ecological and cognitive conditions of the emergence of social membership in the animal kingdom.

social membership in the natural world

Julie Duboscq (CNRS)
Piotr Fedurek (University of Roehampton)
Daniel Haun (Leipzig University)
Alex L. Jordan (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology)
Odile Petit (CNRS)
Liran Samuni (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Anne M. Templeton (The University of Edinburgh)


09:00-09:15 Introduction by Guillaume Dezecache (University College London)

Morning session: Sociality in non-human animals

09:15-10:00 Alex L. Jordan (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Konstanz) What needs to change in the evolution of sociality?

10:00-10:45 Julie Duboscq (CNRS, Paris) Opportunities and strategies in navigating the social world

10:45-11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:00-11:45 Odile Petit (CNRS, Strasbourg) Is leadership a matter of dominance, social centrality or trust?

11:45-12:30 Liran Samuni (Max Planck Institute for Evo. Anthropology, Leipzig) Chimpanzee in-group dynamics during out-group threat

Lunch break: Buffet at Espace Curie

Afternoon session: Social membership in humans

14:00-14:45 Piotr Fedurek (University of Roehampton, London) Social integration and wellbeing in an egalitarian, small-scale society: the Hadza

14:45-15:30 Daniel Haun (Leipzig University, Leipzig) Children social motivation across societies

15:30-15:45 COFFEE BREAK

15:45-16:30 Anne M. Templeton (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh) The role of social identity in group memberships

16:30-17:00 General discussion

Attendance is free but reservation is requested:

Contact: Guillaume Dezecache,