Chris Krupenye is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Social & Cognitive Origins group at Johns Hopkins University. His team uses tools from experimental psychology to test theories about how humans and other animals think, and what makes the human mind unique. In particular, Krupenye studies the cognitive and inferential mechanisms that enable animals to track, predict, and navigate their worlds, especially their social worlds. He is interested in the many cognitive mechanisms that support politics, morality, cooperation, and problem-solving, as well as the structure and format of human and nonhuman thought. His work focuses, in particular, on humans, our closest ape relatives (chimpanzees and bonobos), and domestic dogs.
- Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science, 2022
- New Investigator Award, European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association, 2021
- Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, European Commission, 2017
- Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2011
- Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, U.S. Congress, 2010
- Kano, F., Krupenye, C., Hirata, S., Tomonaga, M., & Call, J. (2019). Great apes use self- experience to anticipate an agent’s action in a false belief test. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(42), 20904-20909. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1910095116.
- Krupenye, C., and Hare, B. (2018). Bonobos prefer individuals that hinder others over those that help. Current Biology. 28(2): 280-286. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.11.061.
- Krupenye, C., Kano, F., Hirata, S., Call, J., and Tomasello, M. (2016). Great apes anticipate that other individuals will act according to false beliefs. Science, 354(6308): 110-114. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf8110.
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