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Dr Keith Jensen

Photograph of Keith Jensen

School of Psychological Sciences
Coupland 1 Building
Coupland Street, Oxford Road
Manchester, UK M13 9PL


I am interested in the evolution and psychological underpinnings of sociality. More specifically, I am investigating the nature of other-regarding concerns in governing our social behaviour. To investigate how people come to know and care about the welfare of others, I use ideas from game theory and methods from experimental economics, as well as standard psychological approaches, to study nonhuman primates and children. 


  • Evolution of Behaviour and Cognition (year 2)
  • Sociality and Communication: Evolutionary Perspectives – with Elena Lieven (year 3)



  • Riedl, K., Jensen, K., Call, J. & Tomasello, M (2015).

    Restorative justice in children. Curr Biol, 25(13), 1731-1735. eScholarID:287324 | DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2015.05.014


  • Jensen, Keith; Silk, Joan B. (2014).

    Searching for the evolutionary roots of human morality. In M. Killen & J. G. Smetana (Ed.), Handbook of Moral Development. (pp. 475-494). New York: Psychology Press. eScholarID:247577

  • Jensen, K., Vaish, A. & Schmidt, M (2014).

    The emergence of human prosociality: aligning with others through feelings, concerns, and norms. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 822. eScholarID:247584 | DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00822

  • Vogelsang, M., Jensen, K., Kirschner, S., Tennie, C. & Tomasello, M (2014).

    Preschoolers are sensitive to free riding in a public goods game. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 729. eScholarID:247592 | DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00729


  • Wittig, M., Jensen, K. & Tomasello, M. (2013).

    Five-year-olds understand fair as equal in a mini-ultimatum game. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116(2), 324-337. eScholarID:204954

  • Jensen, K., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2013).

    Chimpanzee responders still behave like rational maximizers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, E1837-E1837. eScholarID:247621


  • (2012).

    Evolutionary perspectives on social cognition. In P. Hammerstein & J. Stevens (Ed.), Evolving the Mechanisms of Decision Making: Toward a Darwinian Decision Theory. (pp. 345-367). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. eScholarID:247610

  • Jensen, K (2012).

    Social regard: Evolving a psychology of cooperation. In Mitani, J., Call, J., Kappeler, P., Palombit, R. & Silk, J. (Ed.), The Evolution of Primate Societies. Chicago, USA: Chicago University Press.. eScholarID:194021

  • Jensen, Keith. (2012).

    Who cares? Other-regarding concerns — decisions with feeling. In P. Hammerstein & J. Stevens (Ed.), Evolving the Mechanisms of Decision Making: Toward a Darwinian Decision Theory. (pp. 299-317). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. eScholarID:247615

  • Mesoudi, A. & Jensen, K (2012).

    Culture and the evolution of human sociality. In Vonk, J. & Shackelford, T. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Evolutionary Psychology. (pp. 419-433). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. eScholarID:194012

  • Kaiser, Ingrid, Jensen, Keith, Call, Josep, & Tomasello, Michael. (2012).

    Theft in an ultimatum game: Chimpanzees and bonobos are insensitive to unfairness. Biology Letters, 8(6), 942-945. eScholarID:194688 | DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2012.0519

  • Riedl, Katrin, Jensen, Keith, Call, Josep, & Tomasello, Michael. (2012).

    No third-party punishment in chimpanzees. PNAS, 109(37), 14824-14829. eScholarID:194689 | DOI:10.1073/pnas.1203179109

  • Jensen, Keith. (2012).

    Social preference experiments on animals: Strengthening the case for human preferences. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 31-32. eScholarID:247625

  • Seed, Amanda M., & Jensen, Keith. (2012).

    Large-scale cooperation. Nature, 472, 424-425. eScholarID:247626


  • Jensen, K., Silk, J., Andrews, K., Bshary, R., Cheney, D., Emery, N., Hemelrijk, C., Holekamp, K., Penn, D., Perner, J. & Teufel, C (2011).

    Social knowledge. In Fischer, J. & Menzel, R. (Ed.), Animal Thinking. (pp. 267-291). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. eScholarID:194019

  • Melis, A., Warneken, F., Jensen, K., Schneider, A., Call, J. & Tomasello, M (2011).

    Chimpanzees help conspecifics obtain food and non-food items. Procs. R. Soc. B, 278(1710), 1405-1413. eScholarID:194010 | DOI:10.1098/rspb.2010.1735

  • Chittka, Lars & Jensen, Keith. (2011).

    Animal cognition: Concepts from apes to bees. Current Biology, 21, R116-R119. eScholarID:247629


  • Jensen, K. & Tomasello, M (2010).

    Punishment. In Breed, M. & Moore, J. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. (pp. 800-805). Oxford: Academic Press. eScholarID:194016

  • Keith Jensen. (2010).

    Punishment and spite, the dark side of cooperation. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 365(1553), 2635-2650. eScholarID:194017 | DOI:10.1098/rstb.2010.0146


  • Jensen, K., Call, J. & Tomasello, M (2008).

    Response to "fair game for chimpanzees". Science, 319, 284. eScholarID:194018


  • Call, J. & Jensen, K (2007).

    Chimpanzees may recognize motives and goals, but may not reckon on them. In Bock, G. & Goode, J. (Ed.), Empathy and Fairness. (pp. 56-65). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons. eScholarID:194013 | DOI:10.1002/9780470030585