Primate Social Reciprocity and the Origin of Gratitude

Kristin E. Bonnie and Frans B. M. de Waal

in The Psychology of Gratitude

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150100
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847389 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Primate Social Reciprocity and the Origin of Gratitude

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This chapter examines the social reciprocity of gratitude in nonhuman primates, specifically chimpanzees and capuchin monkeys. It describes how these animals show gratitude and how gratitude could be inferred in these species. It concludes with an argument for the universality of gratitude grounded in biological systems, echoing a sentiment expressed by moralist Henry Sedgwick in 1907 that gratitude is a truly universal intuition.

Keywords: gratitude; nonhuman primates; chimpanzees; capuchin monkeys; social reciprocity; Henry Sedgwick

Chapter.  7247 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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