Liza R. Moscovice
- BA, Neuroscience, Oberlin College
- PhD, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Currently Liza Moscovice is investigating the form and function of cooperative social relationships among non-kin in bonobos (Pan paniscus), a species that shares a recent evolutionary history and similarities in social structure with humans. For this project, she collects corresponding behavioral data and non-invasive hormone samples under varied social contexts in captive and field settings. Her research aims are to: 1) Characterize the strength and stability of different types of female social relationships, 2) Test between different hypotheses to explain the emergence of cooperation among unrelated females, 3) Identify social and ecological benefits of peaceful inter-group encounters for female bonobos and 4) Characterize physiological responses to affiliation and cooperation with in-group and out-group members. This research is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Fruth and Dr. Gottfried Hohmann, co-directors of the LuiKotale field site, Democratic Republic of Congo, and with Dr. Adrian Jaeggi at Emory University. Research is supported by Emory University and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and by grants from the Leakey Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Volkswagen Foundation.