Andrew Whiten is Professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology, and Wardlaw Professor of Psychology at the University of St Andrews.
He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Director of the ‘Living Links to Human Evolution’ Research Centre, a primate research centre of the University, located in Edinburgh Zoo in partnership with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
His research has focused on social cognition, particularly social learning, tradition and culture in both human and non-human primates. He has led the international collaboration charting cultural variation in wild chimpanzees, more recently complementing this with a suite of experimental studies dissecting social learning and cultural diffusion in monkeys, apes and human children. For this work he has received the Prix Delwart of the Royal Academy of Belgium and the Rivers Memorial Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
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