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Workshop Conciliatory Behaviour

12 June 2008, Green Lecture Hall, Biological Centre Haren, the Netherlands

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Cognitive processes of conciliatory behaviour: from empirical observations to individual-based models and vice versa

Organizers: Prof. dr. Charlotte K. Hemelrijk (Groningen University), Prof. dr. Elisabeth H.M. Sterck (Utrecht University)

Macaques ©Karlijn Gosselt-Gielen
Macaques ©Karlijn Gosselt-Gielen

In many species of animals, such as primates, affiliative behaviour may be observed after incidents of aggression. This so-called conciliatory behaviour, is supposed to function as ‘reconciliation’ when it is directed towards the former opponent and is regarded as an act of ‘consolation’ when it is performed with regard to uninvolved bystanders. Although it has been documented extensively, the underlying cognitive process is not understood.

To get a better understanding of it, and of the essential conditions under which conciliatory behaviour may have evolved, we use two types of approach in this workshop. First, we bring together scientists studying conciliatory behaviour in different animal species. Second, we bring these empirical scientists together with theoretical scientists using computer models.

Program - Green Lecture Hall

Time Speaker Lecture

10.00 - 10.30

Coffee and tea

10.30 - 10.35


Welcome to meeting

10.35 - 11.10

Filippo Aureli

A personal view of past and future conflict management research (abstract)

11.10 - 11.45

Amanda Seed

Post-conflict affiliation in rooks (abstract)

11.45 - 12.20

Ivan Puga

Emergence of reconciliation and other affiliative patterns in primates: a minimal model (abstract)

12.20 - 13.20

Lunch break

13.30 - 14.05

Bernard Thierry

How adaptation trades off against robustness in macaque reconciliation (abstract)

14.05 - 14.40

Bonaventura Majolo

Modelling reconciliation in the Japanese macaque (abstract)

14.40 - 15.15

Matthew Cooper

Within-group and between-group variation in post-conflict behavior in bonnet macaques (abstract)

15.15 - 15.45

Coffee and tea break

15.45 - 16.20

Sonja Koski

Stress, empathy and white flags: the functions and mechanisms of post-conflict affiliation in captive chimpanzees (abstract)

16.20 - 16.55

Orlaith Fraser

Stress reduction through consolation by valuable partners in chimpanzees (abstract)

16.55 - 17.30

Maaike Kempes

Conflict management in aggressive individuals: Do they reconcile? (abstract)

17.30 - 18.30


This workshop is financially supported by the NWO - Cognition Programme
This workshop is financially supported by the NWO - Cognition Programme

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