Social Interaction Effects on Reward and Cognitive Abilities in Monkeys

J. R. Stevens, M. D. Hauser

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Reward processing in both the physical and social domains presents different problems, recruiting different cognitive mechanisms. When acquiring rewards in the absence of affiliative or competitive social interactions, reward processing is influenced by cognitive attributes such as processing reward properties, number, and timing, as well as impulsivity, inhibitory control, memory, and theory of mind. Many of these mechanisms also provide the cognitive substrates for complex social interactions involving rewards. In particular, forms of cooperation such as reciprocity and punishment may rarely occur in primates because individuals lack the requisite cognitive abilities needed to implement these strategies and reap their associated rewards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Neuroscience
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780080450469
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognition
  • Cooperation
  • Discounting
  • Impulsivity
  • Inhibitory control
  • Kin selection
  • Memory
  • Mutualism
  • Numerical discrimination
  • Primates
  • Punishment
  • Reciprocity
  • Theory of mind
  • Timing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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