CHIMPANZEE BEHAVIORAL GAME THEORY collaborative research / training
Report: Christopher Martin
Date:2011 /7/5 - 2011 / 8/17
During this trip, I was able to visit Caltech (California), Chicago Zoo and University of Chicago experimental science conference, and Indianapolis Zoo.
The majority of my time was spent at Caltech (1 month), where I worked daily on data
analysis with members of Colin F Camerer's laboratory.
Professor Camerer and I drafted a paper on chimpanzee game theory and we will submit the paper for publication.
It was a very helpful and productive collaboration, and his laboratory is arguably the best in the world for analyzing game theory data using comprehensive modeling protocols.
At Caltech I also gave a seminar presentation on chimpanzee game theory experiments at PRI.
I spent one week traveling to Chicago and Indianapolis.
In Chicago, I attended the annual meeting of the Economic Science Association at the University of Chicago Booth Business School.
It was a great opportunity to present on chimpanzee game theory and receive feedback from the international community
of experimental economists.
After the conference, I spent a day at the Lincoln Park Zoo meeting with Steve Ross, the ape research director.
We spoke about continuing our collaborative chimp video conferencing project.
I also spent a day at Indianapolis Zoo, where I gave a presentation to the research team
there headed by Dr.
Shumaker is interested in beginning a collaboration with us at PRI regarding computer software that will enable the orangutans in Indianapolis to interact with Chimpanzees at PRI over the internet.
This will be a great opportunity to expand the game theory tasks I have developed for the chimps at PRI.
Picture with Colin Camerer
Picture with Robert Shumake