Research Topics


Social Norms Object Valuation Great Ape Cognition



SOCIAL NORMS

Social norms and institutions are central to our social lives and vary considerably across societies. I would like to better understand how (and if) general developmental processes and social and cultural contexts interact in fostering our capacity to create, learn and transmit norms. For this, I work with human adults and children, focusing on cross-cultural studies in different societies.
Specifically, I study the following topics:

  • ownership norms
  • promise norms
  • fairness norms
  • enforcement of norms

Selected publications:

  • Kanngiesser, P., Rossano, F., & Tomasello, M.. (2015). Late Emergence of the First Possession Heuristic: Evidence From a Small-Scale Culture. Child Development, 86(4), 1282-1289. doi:10.1111/cdev.12365
    [BibTeX]
    @article{Kanngiesser.2015a,
    author = {Kanngiesser, Patricia and Rossano, Federico and Tomasello, Michael},
    year = {2015},
    title = {{Late Emergence of the First Possession Heuristic: Evidence From a Small-Scale Culture}},
    pages = {1282--1289},
    volume = {86},
    number = {4},
    issn = {1467-8624},
    journal = {{Child Development}},
    doi = {10.1111/cdev.12365}
    }

  • Kanngiesser, P., & Warneken, F.. (2012). Young children consider merit when sharing resources with others. PloS One, 7(8), e43979. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043979
    [BibTeX]
    @article{Kanngiesser.2012,
    author = {Kanngiesser, Patricia and Warneken, Felix},
    year = {2012},
    title = {{Young children consider merit when sharing resources with others}},
    pages = {e43979},
    volume = {7},
    number = {8},
    issn = {1932-6203},
    journal = {{PloS One}},
    doi = {10.1371/journal.pone.0043979}
    }

  • Kanngiesser, P., Gjersoe, N., & Hood, B. M.. (2010). The effect of creative labor on property-ownership transfer by preschool children and adults. Psychological Science, 21(9), 1236-1241. doi:10.1177/0956797610380701
    [BibTeX]
    @article{Kanngiesser.2010b,
    author = {Kanngiesser, Patricia and Gjersoe, Nathalia and Hood, Bruce M.},
    year = {2010},
    title = {{The effect of creative labor on property-ownership transfer by preschool children and adults}},
    pages = {1236--1241},
    volume = {21},
    number = {9},
    issn = {0956-7976},
    journal = {{Psychological Science}},
    doi = {10.1177/0956797610380701}
    }



DEVELOPMENT OF OBJECT VALUATION AND SELF

Objects are often valued not just for their functional properties, but for symbolic reasons. In Western societies, personal possessions often serve an important function as ostensive markers of one’s status, values or other indicators of selfhood. Together with Bruce Hood and Lauren Marsh from the University of Bristol, I work on a series of projects on the development of children’s object valuation and its relationship to their emerging self-concepts.

Selected publications:

  • Hood, B., Sandra, W., Marsh, L., & Kanngiesser, P.. (in press). Picture Yourself: Self-focus and the Endowment Effect In Preschool Children. Cognition.
    [BibTeX]
    @article{Hood.2016,
    author = {Hood, Bruce and Sandra, Weltzien and Marsh, Lauren and Kanngiesser, Patricia},
    year = {in press},
    title = {{Picture Yourself: Self-focus and the Endowment Effect In Preschool Children}},
    pages = {},
    volume = {},
    journal = {{Cognition}},
    doi = {}
    }



GREAT APE BEHAVIOUR AND COGNITION

My work with non-human great apes has been covering a range of topics:

  • The role of feature and spatial cues during food search and memory tasks
  • Risky and non-risky decision making, focusing on whether apes exhibit behavioural biases commonly observed in humans
  • Grooming relationships and social networks in captive chimpanzeees

My main collaborator in most of this work has been Josep Call (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology).

Selected publications:

  • Kanngiesser, P., & Woike, J. K.. (2016). Framing the debate on human-like framing effects in bonobos and chimpanzees: a comment on Krupenye et al. (2015). Biology Letters, 12, 20150718. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2015.0718
    [BibTeX]
    @article{Kanngiesser.2016a,
    author = {Kanngiesser, Patricia and Woike, Jan Kristian},
    year = {2016},
    title = {{Framing the debate on human-like framing effects in bonobos and chimpanzees: a comment on Krupenye et al. (2015)}},
    pages = {20150718},
    volume = {12},
    journal = {{Biology Letters}},
    doi = {10.1098/rsbl.2015.0718}
    }

  • Kanngiesser, P., Sueur, C., Riedl, K., Grossmann, J., & Call, J.. (2011). Grooming network cohesion and the role of individuals in a captive chimpanzee group. American Journal of Primatology, 73(8), 758-767. doi:10.1002/ajp.20914
    [BibTeX]
    @article{Kanngiesser.2011b,
    author = {Kanngiesser, Patricia and Sueur, C{\'e}dric and Riedl, Katrin and Grossmann, Johannes and Call, Josep},
    year = {2011},
    title = {{Grooming network cohesion and the role of individuals in a captive chimpanzee group}},
    pages = {758--767},
    volume = {73},
    number = {8},
    issn = {1098-2345},
    journal = {{American Journal of Primatology}},
    doi = {10.1002/ajp.20914}
    }

  • Kanngiesser, P., Santos, L. R., Hood, B. M., & Call, J.. (2011). The limits of endowment effects in great apes (Pan paniscus, Pan troglodytes, Gorilla gorilla, Pongo pygmaeus). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 125(4), 436-445. doi:10.1037/a0024516
    [BibTeX]
    @article{Kanngiesser.2011,
    author = {Kanngiesser, Patricia and Santos, Laurie R. and Hood, Bruce M. and Call, Josep},
    year = {2011},
    title = {{The limits of endowment effects in great apes (Pan paniscus, Pan troglodytes, Gorilla gorilla, Pongo pygmaeus)}},
    pages = {436--445},
    volume = {125},
    number = {4},
    issn = {1939-2087},
    journal = {{Journal of Comparative Psychology}},
    doi = {10.1037/a0024516}
    }

  • Kanngiesser, P., & Call, J.. (2010). Bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orang utans use feature and spatial cues in two spatial memory tasks. Animal Cognition, 13(3), 419-430. doi:10.1007/s10071-009-0291-3
    [BibTeX]
    @article{Kanngiesser.2010,
    author = {Kanngiesser, Patricia and Call, Josep},
    year = {2010},
    title = {{Bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orang utans use feature and spatial cues in two spatial memory tasks}},
    keywords = {Apes, Spatial_Cognition},
    pages = {419--430},
    volume = {13},
    number = {3},
    issn = {1435-9448},
    journal = {{Animal Cognition}},
    doi = {10.1007/s10071-009-0291-3}
    }

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