Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Sarah Brosnan

  • Sarah DonaldsonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_490-1



Dr. Sarah Brosnan is a researcher investigating the ontogeny of reciprocity and cooperation in primates. To date, she is best known for her work showing that primates detect and react to unequal pay for the same tasks (Brosnan and de Waal 2003).


Dr. Sarah Brosnan researches mechanisms underlying cooperation, reciprocity, inequity, and other economic decision-making strategies from an evolutionary perspective. She uses both human participants and nonhuman subjects in her investigation of the decisions individuals make and how they make them, how their social or ecological environments affect their decisions and interactions, and under what circumstances they alter their behaviors in line with these conditions (Brosnan 2014). Sarah Brosnan received her B.A. in Biology from Baylor University and went on to work with Dr. Frans de Waal at Emory University to complete her Ph.D. in...

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  1. Brosnan, S. (2014). Sarah F. Brosnan, Ph.D. (Personal Webpage). Georgia State University. Retrieved from: www.sarah-brosnan.com.
  2. Brosnan, S. F., & de Waal, F. B. M. (2003). Monkeys reject unequal pay. Nature, 425(6955), 297–299.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oakland UniversityRochesterUSA