Felix Warneken

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Dr. Felix Warneken is an Associate Professor and Director of the Social Cognitive Development Group in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. Trained as a developmental and comparative psychologist, he conducts research on cooperation and social cognitive development in children and great apes. He studied in Germany and the United States, receiving his doctoral degree from the Universit├Ąt Leipzig while working at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology as a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow. He joined the Harvard Psychology Department in 2009.

His most significant contributions have been on the origins of cooperative behaviors in young children and chimpanzees. His study demonstrating altruistic helping in children and chimpanzees was named one of the 100 most important science stories in 2007 by Discover Magazine. Dr. Warneken has received several awards, most recently an Early Career Research Award from the Society for Research in Child Development, the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Early Transformative Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Society, and an National Science Foundation CAREER award, all in 2013. 



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