Monday, March 7, 2016

Christopher Krupenye — Apes Make Irrational Economic Decisions – That Includes You

Because bonobos, chimpanzees, and humans all exhibit framing effects, it is unlikely that this trait evolved independently in each lineage. Instead, it appears that choice biases are evolutionarily ancient. They were probably present in the last common ancestor of bonobos, chimpanzees, and humans, which lived about six million years ago, and may even be much older. That framing effects are shared with several non-human species also suggests that these biases are deeply rooted in our biology, and can arise in the absence of experience with uniquely human monetary markets. Choice biases may have evolved in response to certain challenges in foraging ecology, or they may represent a by-product for selection on other traits, such as emotions.…
Apes Make Irrational Economic Decisions – That Includes You
Christopher Krupenye, PhD candidate in Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University

1 comment:

Matt Franko said...

"human beings’ closest living relatives, bonobos and chimpanzees."

Uncle Bonobo! .... no wonder things are so f-ed up...