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Social interaction and niche construction: an ethological approach

Grant number: 18/25595-0
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: August 01, 2019 - July 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Comparative Psychology
Principal Investigator:Briseida Dôgo de Resende
Grantee:Briseida Dôgo de Resende
Host Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Carine Savalli Redigolo ; Daniel Mills ; Danilo Silva Guimarães ; Joscha Kärtner ; Juliana Maria Ferreira de Lucena ; Marcelí Joele Rossi ; Natalia de Souza Albuquerque ; Patrícia Izar Mauro ; Rachel Coelho Ripardo Teixeira ; Raphael Moura Cardoso ; Renata Pereira de Felipe
Associated scholarship(s):20/08170-6 - Apoio para recrutamento de participantes e organização de banco de dados, BP.TT


We are grounded on an Ethological approach committed to the Developmental Systems Theory and aligned with the ideas of the Extended Synthesis of Biology, aiming to investigate how social changes in the environment can guide the course of one's development. We will use concepts such as niche construction and developmental niche, assuming that the features of both the organism and the environment define the interactions between them. We understand that whilst the development of the organism is controlled by its environment, the changes one makes in the environment will also play a crucial role on their own developmental paths. We seek to integrate relevant concepts of different biological fields, securing a systemic view and aiming at applying this knowledge on behalf of the wellbeing of the different studied species, through four sub projects: 1) social and cultural influences and niche construction in human babies and toddlers, including motor and cognitive development and the use of mobile apps; 2) interactions between Guarani and non-Guarani children in structured and non-structured activities, e.g. playing; 3) dog-human interactions, focusing on communication and the development of context-dependent social skills; 4) niche construction in non-human primates and translocation of howler monkeys. In addition to contributing to the advance of frontiers in Science, this project will enable the creation of a national and international multidisciplinary network, with the participation of several institutions and a main core at an institution of the state of São Paulo, which will generate an impact on both theoretical and applied spheres. (AU)

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ALBUQUERQUE, NATALIA; RESENDE, BRISEIDA. Dogs functionally respond to and use emotional information from human expressions. EVOLUTIONARY HUMAN SCIENCES, v. 5, p. 10-pg., . (18/25595-0)
RESENDE, BRISEIDA; BALLESTEROS-ARDILLA, ANDRES; FRAGASZY, DOROTHY; VISALBERGHI, ELISABETTA; IZAR, PATRICIA. Revisiting the fourth dimension of tool use: how objects become tools for capuchin monkeys. EVOLUTIONARY HUMAN SCIENCES, v. 3, p. 13-pg., . (18/25595-0, 14/13237-1)
LIRA, PAULA; MORETTI, CHRISTINA; GUIMARAES, DANILO; RESENDE, BRISEIDA. Group cohesiveness in children free-play activity: A social network analysis short title: Group cohesiveness in children free-play activity. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, v. 56, n. 6, p. 941-950, . (18/25595-0)
ALBUQUERQUE, NATALIA; SAVALLI, CARINE; CABRAL, FRANCISCO; RESENDE, BRISEIDA. Do Emotional Cues Influence the Performance of Domestic Dogs in an Observational Learning Task?. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, v. 12, . (19/15197-0, 18/25595-0)
ALBUQUERQUE, NATALIA; MILLS, DANIEL S.; GUO, KUN; WILKINSON, ANNA; RESENDE, BRISEIDA. Dogs can infer implicit information from human emotional expressions. ANIMAL COGNITION, . (18/25595-0, 19/15197-0)

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