Social, Machiavellian and cultural cognition: A golden age of discovery in comparative and evolutionary psychology

J Comp Psychol. 2018 Nov;132(4):437-441. doi: 10.1037/com0000135.


The years since the publication of Machiavellian Intelligence have witnessed a golden age in discoveries concerning social cognition in human and nonhuman primates and many other animal taxa too. Here, I briefly dissect some of the variants of the social intelligence hypotheses that have evolved in this time and offer a selective overview of the scientific discoveries in this field, particularly in primates, over the last 30 years. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology*
  • Biological Evolution
  • Intelligence / physiology*
  • Psychology, Comparative*
  • Social Behavior*
  • Social Perception*
  • Theory of Mind / physiology*