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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)




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

    The emergence of human prosociality: aligning with others through feelings, concerns, and norms.Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 822. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00822. Publication link: 48b46b9e-571b-4a90-abec-575937bc8027
  • 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. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00729. Publication link: ab3b867e-4c17-40f1-982a-fef7c35f455e
  • Jensen, K., Silk, J. B., Killen, M. (Ed.), & Smetana, J. G. (Ed.) (2014).

    Searching for the evolutionary roots of human morality. In Handbook of Moral Development. (2 ed., pp. 475-494). New York: Psychology Press. . Publication link: 13065039-ab8f-4135-a688-96b3b5a80795


  • 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. DOI:10.1016/j.jecp.2013.06.004. Publication link: b8adc357-67e7-4f52-bc92-f70d3c7a34d6
  • Jensen, K., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2013).

    Chimpanzee responders still behave like rational maximizers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, E1837-E1837. . Publication link: 544269be-2d7e-465e-aa45-52604074d766


  • Kaiser, I., Jensen, K., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2012).

    Theft in an ultimatum game: Chimpanzees and bonobos are insensitive to unfairness. Biology Letters, 8(6), 942-945. DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2012.0519. Publication link: 11d5c7fe-7958-4184-b1f5-ea8e6a46beae
  • Riedl, K., Jensen, K., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2012).

    No third-party punishment in chimpanzees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(37), 14824-14829. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1203179109. Publication link: 6d46eea3-2268-46f3-b060-2ba6fd60402a
  • Jensen, K., Hammerstein, P. (Ed.), & Stevens, J. (Ed.) (2012).

    Evolutionary perspectives on social cognition. In Evolving the Mechanisms of Decision Making: Toward a Darwinian Decision Theory. (pp. 345-367). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. . Publication link: 2b47734b-423c-47fe-8bb6-60a9d9729334
  • Jensen, K., Hammerstein, P. (Ed.), & Stevens, J. (Ed.) (2012).

    Who cares? Other-regarding concerns — decisions with feeling.In Evolving the Mechanisms of Decision Making: Toward a Darwinian Decision Theory. (pp. 299-317). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. . Publication link: c9cd9be7-8e05-41ed-b7c5-b0359f208398
  • Jensen, K., Mitani, J. (Ed.), Call, J. (Ed.), Kappeler, P. (Ed.), Palombit, R. (Ed.), & Silk, J. (Ed.) (2012).

    Social regard: Evolving a psychology of cooperation. In The Evolution of Primate Societies. Chicago, USA: Chicago University Press. . Publication link: b12f79de-adb1-46f8-9fd2-c644d646ca65
  • Mesoudi, A., Jensen, K., Vonk, J. (Ed.), & Shackelford, T. K. (Ed.) (2012).

    Culture and the evolution of human sociality. In The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Evolutionary Psychology. (pp. 419-433). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. . Publication link: 93e6181c-a2fa-4330-993a-2c12118da075
  • Jensen, K. (2012).

    Social preference experiments on animals: Strengthening the case for human preferences. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 31-32. . Publication link: c5beb4ad-9dff-4d4f-b907-63679fecba33
  • Jensen, K., & Seed, A. M. (2012).

    Large-scale cooperation. Nature, 472, 424-425. . Publication link: 8b65f68b-47c2-4f76-92f7-b4d910a5514b


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

    Chimpanzees help conspecifics obtain food and non-food items. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1710), 1405-1413. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2010.1735. Publication link: 712dfcd0-fe09-44eb-b7f4-68b12661e812
  • Jensen, K., Silk, J. B., Andrews, K., Bshary, R., Cheney, D. L., Emery, N., ... Menzel, R. (Ed.) (2011).

    Social knowledge. In Animal Thinking. (pp. 267-291). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. . Publication link: 36e170de-b1de-4060-b731-5b8b3ac562aa
  • Jensen, K., & Chittka, L. (2011).

    Animal cognition: Concepts from apes to bees. Current Biology, 21, R116-R119. . Publication link: f80f06d9-e222-4eb8-8be1-ae40793c95d9




  • Call, J., & Jensen, K. (2007).

    Chimpanzees may recognize motives and goals, but may not reckon on them.In Novartis Foundation symposium|Novartis Found. Symp.. (Vol. 278, pp. 56-221). (Novartis Foundation Symposia; Vol. 278). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. DOI:10.1002/9780470030585. Publication link: e256814a-11d5-43ad-ae4a-db1a7feef0e5