For complete list of publications, see my CV

 

Selected publications: 2014-2004

 

Seyfarth, R.M., Silk, J. B., Cheney, D.L. 2014. Social bonds in female baboons: The interaction among personality, kinship, and rank. Animal Behaviour 87, 23-29. PDF

 

House, B. R., Silk, J. B., Lambeth, S. P., Schapiro, S. J. 2014. Task design influences prosociality in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). PloS one 9(9), e103422. PDF

 

Silk, J.B. 2014. The evolutionary roots of lethal conflict. Nature 513: 321-322. PDF

 

Panchanathan, K., Frankenhuis, W.E., & Silk, J.B. 2013.The bystander effect in an n-person dictator game. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 120: 285–297. PDF

 

House, B.R., Silk, J.B., Henrich, J., H.C. Barrett, Scelza, B., Boyette, A., Hewlett, B., & Laurence, S. 2013. The ontogeny of prosocial behavior across diverse cultures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 14586–14591. PDF

 

House, B.R., Henrich, J., Senecka, B., Silk, J.B. 2013. The development of contingent reciprocity in children. Evolution and Human Behavior 34:86-93. PDF

 

Silk, J.B., Cheney, D.L., Seyfarth, R.M. 2013. A practical guide to the study of social relationships, Evolutionary Anthropology 22: 213–225. PDF

 

Xue, M., & Silk, J.B. 2012. The role of tracking and tolerance in relationships among friends. Evolution and Human Behavior 33: 17-25.PDF

 

Silk, J.B., Alberts, S.C., Altmann, J., Cheney, D.L., & Seyfarth, R.M. 2012. Stability of partner choice among female baboons. Animal Behaviour 83: 1511-1518. PDF

 

Cheney, D.L., Silk, J.B., & Seyfarth, R.M. 2012.  Evidence for intra-sexual selection in wild female baboons. Animal Behaviour 84: 21-27. PDF

 

House, B.R., Henrich, J., Brosnan, S.F., & Silk, J.B. 2012. The ontogeny of human prosociality: behavioral experiments with children aged 3 to 8. Evolution and Human Behavior 33: 291-308. PDF

 

Seyfarth, R.M., Silk, J.B., & Cheney, D.L. 2012. Variation in personality and fitness in wild female baboons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 109: 16980-16985. PDF

 

Xue, M., & Silk, J.B. 2012. The role of tracking and tolerance in relationships among friends. Evolution and Human Behavior 33: 17-25.

 

Silk, J.B., Alberts, S.C., Altmann, J., Cheney, D.L., & Seyfarth, R.M. 2012. Stability of partner choice among female baboons. Animal Behaviour 83: 1511-1518.

 

Cheney, D.L., Silk, J.B., & Seyfarth, R.M. 2012.  Evidence for intra-sexual selection in wild female baboons. Animal Behaviour 84: 21-27.

 

House, B.R., Henrich, J., Brosnan, S.F., & Silk, J.B. 2012. The ontogeny of human prosociality: behavioral experiments with children aged 3 to 8. Evolution and Human Behavior 33: 291-308.

 

Seyfarth, R.M., Silk, J.B., & Cheney, D.L. 2012. Variation in personality and fitness in wild female baboons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 109: 16980-16985.

 

Rosenbaum, S., Silk, J.B., & Stoinski, T. 2011. Male-immature relationships in multi-male groups of mountain gorillas (Gorilla berengei berengei). American Journal of Primatology 73: 356-365.

 

Silk, J.B. & House, B.R. 2011. The evolutionary foundations of human moral sentiments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108: 10910-10917.

 

Silk, J.B. 2011. The path to sociality. Nature 479: 182-183.

 

Silk, J.B. 2010. Review of The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society by F.B.M. de Waal. American Scientist 98: 158-160.

 

Silk, J.B., Beehner, J.C., Berman, T.J., Crockford, C., Engh, A.L., Moscovice, L.R., Wittig, R.M., Seyfarth, R.M., & Cheney, D.L. 2010. Female chacma baboons form strong, equitable, and enduring social bonds.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61: 197-204.

 

Silk, J.B., Beehner, J.C., Berman, T.J., Crockford, C., Engh, A.L., Moscovice, L.R., Wittig, R.M., Seyfarth, R.M., & Cheney, D.L. 2010. Strong and consistent social bonds enhance the longevity of female baboons. Current Biology 20: 1359-1361.

 

Silk, J.B. & Strum, S.C. 2010. Maternal condition does not influence birth sex ratios in anubis baboons (Papio anubis). Public Library of Science One 5: 312750.

 

Brosnan, S.F., Silk, J.B., Henrich, J., Mareno, M.C., Lambeth, S.P., Schapiro, S.J. 2009. Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) do not develop contingent reciprocity in an experimental task. Animal Cognition 12: 587-597.

 

Cronin, K.A., Schroeder, K.K.E., Rothwell, E.S., Silk, J.B., Snowdon C.T. 2009. Cooperatively breeding cottontop tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) do not donate rewards to their long-term mates. Journal of Comparative Psychology 123: 231-241.

 

Frank, R., Silk, J.B. 2009. Grooming exchange between mothers and non-mothers: the price of natal attraction in wild baboons (Papio anubis). Behaviour 136: 889-906.

 

Frank, R., Silk, J.B. 2009. Impatient traders or contingent reciprocators? Evidence for the extended time course of grooming exchanges in baboons. Behaviour 136: 1123-1135.

 

Silk, J.B., Beehner, J.C., Berman, T.J., Crockford, C., Engh, A.L., Moscovice, L.R., Wittig, R.M., Seyfarth, R.M., & Cheney, D.L. 2009. The benefits of social capital: close social bonds among female baboons enhance offspring survival. Proceedings of the Royal Society London, Series B. 276: 3099-3014.

 

Silk, J.B. 2009. Commentary in Why We Cooperate by Michael Tomasello. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. pp. 111-122.

 

Silk, J.B. 2009. Nepotistic cooperation in nonhuman primate groups. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 364: 3243-3254.

 

Vonk, J., Brosnan, S.F., Silk, J.B., Henrich, J., Richardson, A.S., Lambeth, S.P., Schapiro, S.J., Povinelli, D.J. 2008.  Chimpanzees do not take advantage of very low cost opportunities to deliver food to unrelated group members, Animal Behaviour 75:1757-1770.

 

McNutt, J.W., Silk, J.B. 2008.  Pup production, sex ratios, and survivorship in African wild dogs, Lycaon pictus. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62:1061-1067.

 

Silk, J.B., Brown, G.R. 2008. Local resources competition and local resource enhancement shape primate birth sex ratios. Proceedings of the Royal Society London, Series B. 275: 1761-1765.

 

Silk, J.B. 2007. Animal behavior: conflict management is for the birds. Current Biology 17: R50-51.

 

Silk, J.B. 2007. The adaptive value of sociality in mammalian groups. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 362: 539-559. 

 

Silk, J.B. 2007. The strategic dynamics of cooperation in primate groups. Advances in the Study of Behaviour 37:1-42.

 

Duffy, K.G., Wrangham, R.W., Silk, J.B. 2007. Male chimpanzees exchange political upport for mating opportunities. Current Biology 21: R586-587.

 

Silk, J.B. 2007. Chimps don’t just get mad, they get even. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:13537-13538.

 

Silk, J.B. 2007. Social components of fitness in primate groups. Science 317:1347-1351.

 

Silk, J.B. 2006. Who are more helpful, humans or chimpanzees? Science 311: 1248-1249.

 

Silk, J.B., Brosnan, S.F., Vonk, J., Henrich, J., & Povinelli, D.J., Richardson, A.S., Lambeth, S.P., Mascaro, J., & Shapiro, S.J. 2006. Chimpanzee choice and prosociality (Reply). Nature 440: E6.

 

Silk, J.B., Altmann, J., & Alberts, S.C. 2006. Social relationships among adult female baboons (Papio cynocephalus)  I. Variation in the strength of social bonds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61: 183-195.

 

Silk, J.B., Alberts, S.C., Altmann, J. 2006. Social relationships among adult female baboons (Papio cynocephalus) II: Variation in the quality and stability of social bonds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61:197-204.

 

Silk, J.B., Willoughby, E., & Brown, G.R. 2005. Maternal rank and local resource competition do not predict birth sex ratios in wild baboons. Proceedings of the Royal Society London, Series B 272: 569-574. 

 

Silk, J.B., Brosnan, S.F., Vonk, J., Henrich, J., Povinelli, D.J., Richardson, A.F., Lambeth, S.P., Mascaro, J., Schapiro, S.J. 2005. Chimpanzees are indifferent to the welfare of other group members. Nature 435: 1357-1359.

 

Silk, J.B., Alberts, S.C., Altmann, J. 2004. Patterns of  coalition formation by adult female baboons in Amboseli, Kenya. Animal Behaviour 67: 573-582.

 

Manson, J.H., Navarette, C.D., Silk, J.B., Perry, S. 2004. Time-matched grooming in female primates?  New analyses from two species. Animal Behaviour 67: 493-500.

 

Silk, J.B., Brown, G.R. 2004. Sex ratios in primate groups. In: Sexual Selection in Primates (P. Kappeler, C. van Schaik, eds.) Cambridge University Press, pp 253-265.