Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
Office U 2.51
Phone: + 49 341 3550 209
Fax: + 49 341 3550 299
E-mail: liza_moscovice[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign <<<]eva.mpg.de
I use a psychobiological framework to investigate the underlying mechanisms and adaptive function of social relationships in animal models, focusing on non-human primates. My research investigates why individuals vary in their propensities to affiliate and cooperate with others, and how this variation influences their fitness. This work has broader implications for understanding the evolution of human sociality and the mechanisms by which social support provides health benefits to humans.
Currently I am investigating relatively unexplored areas of female intra-sexual affiliation and cooperation. This research focuses on bonobos (Pan paniscus), a species that shares a recent evolutionary history and similarities in social structure with humans. I am trying to understand how unrelated female bonobos form and maintain social bonds and to identify the functions of social bonds for females. To address these questions I am collaborating with researchers at MPI EVA to collect corresponding behavioral data and non-invasive endocrine measures of social support in captive and field settings. By comparing peripheral hormone levels across different types of social interactions and with different partners, this work will provide new insights into the socioendocrinology of female affiliation and cooperation.
This research is sponsored by: