CRC 991

D03: Conceptual representation in social cognition: frame-theoretical representation of “social partner”

Funding period: 01.07.2015 - 30.06.2019

Project D03 focusses on abstract concepts in social cognition, investigating conceptual representations in animals. An agent may perceive someone else either as a social partner, as a competitor, or as a non-social object. D03 investigates the conditions under which social agents conceive of others as 'partners', and what can thereby be inferred on the nature and representation of the abstract concept. Since animal models allow for better standardization than human studies, D03 uses rats as model organisms. With the help of a rat model of prosocial choice, D03 will characterize the nature of the conceptual representation of ‘partner’ during social interactions.

Project proposal: [ pdf ]

Head of the project

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kalenscher
Comparative Psychology
Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
Universitätsstraße 1
40225, Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 211 81-11607
Email: Tobias.Kalenscherhhude


Lisa-Maria Schönfeld
Tel.: +49 211 81-15154   

Former staff

Anton Ilango
Email: anton.ilangohhude

Julien Hernandez-Lallement
Email: julien.hergmailcom