Alba Castellano-Navarro

Alba Castellano-Navarro
University CEU Cardenal Herrera · Ethology and Animal Welfare Section

PhD Ethology

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Our capacity to attribute mental states to others, or theory of mind (ToM), affects the way in which we manage social interactions. Likewise, the social scenario in which we find ourselves probably influences our use of ToM. In this study, 6-year-old children and adult women participated in pairs in a task where participants needed to infer their p...
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During the first years, mothers represent the strongest social bond for many primates, as they provide care, food, and protection to their offspring, and facilitates their interaction with the physical and social environment. The way in which mothers take care of their offspring (i.e., maternal style) can vary depending on attributes of the mother-...
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Group living is beneficial for individuals, but also comes with costs. One such cost is the increased possibility of pathogen transmission, because increased numbers or frequencies of social contacts is often associated with increased parasite abundance or diversity. The social structure of a group or population has been shown to be paramount to pa...
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Gaze sensitivity allows us to interpret the visual perspective of others, inferring their intentions and attentional states. In order to clarify the evolutionary history of this ability, we assessed the response of free-ranging Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) to human gaze in three contexts: threat (Experiment 1), cooperation (Experiment 2), and...
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In several species, rank predicts access to food, and subordinates may need specific behavioural strategies to get a share of resources. This may be especially important in despotic species, where resources are strongly biased in favour of dominants and subordinates may more strongly rely on specific tactics to maximize food intake. Here, we compar...
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Primates live in complex social systems with social structures ranging from more to less despotic. In less despotic species, dominance might impose fewer constraints on social choices, tolerance is greater than in despotic species and subordinates may have little need to include novel food items in the diet (i.e. neophilia), as contest food competi...
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Play is widespread across mammalian taxa, but species strongly vary in the ways they play. In less despotic primate species (i.e., with less steep dominance hierarchies , less severe conflicts, and more reconciliation), play has been described as being more frequent, cooperative, and freely expressed. To study the link between social play and domin...
Thesis
Our ability to attribute mental states (Theory of Mind, ToM) allows us to explain, predict and even manipulate the behavior of others. Therefore, it is an essential capacity for the management of social interactions in our species and could also be in other animal species. To better understand the ontogeny of ToM, it is necessary to compare its use...
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Something that gives us great advantage when managing our social interactions is our capacity to represent others' mental states, like what they perceive, know and believe (i.e., Theory of mind, ToM). Understanding the ontogeny and phylogeny of ToM requires the comparison between subjects of different ages and species. Exploring the conditions of T...
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The capacity to attribute mental states to others (theory of mind, ToM) might have evolved as a solution for social problems faced mainly in cooperative or, alternatively, in competitive contexts. Also, its selective value may have been greater either in the context of mother-infant relationships or in the context of relationships between equals. I...
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The capacity to attribute mental states to others (theory of mind, ToM) might have evolved as a solution for social problems faced mainly in cooperative or rather in competitive contexts. In the current study we have investigated the use of ToM by 6-year-old children in both contexts. Children participated in pairs, taking turns in choosing contain...

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