Brian Hare is an expert in chimpanzee and bonobo behavior in African sanctuaries, and founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group, which compares the psychology of hominoids (human and non-human ape).
He is seeking to identify which features of our social problem-solving abilities have evolved, since humans, bonobos, and chimpanzees shared a common ancestor. In addition, his group is comparing the psychology of apes and non-primates to identify cases of psychological convergence, which could provide a unique opportunity to infer how human-like social skills evolved.
Widely published, Dr. Hare is a professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Science. Dr. Hare also founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center at Duke University.