Brian Hare

Brian Hare

Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

External Address: 
004 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383


Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2004

  • M.A., Harvard University 2000

  • B.A., Emory University 1998

Selected Grants

Cognitive Predictors of Assistance Dog Success awarded by American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

Reducing the Demand for Bonobo Bushmeat: An Efficacy Assessment of Lola ya Bonobo's Conservation Education Program awarded by National Academy of Sciences (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015

Identifying Temperamental and Cognitive Traits that Lead to Successful IED Detector Dogs awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2015

Collaborative Research: Genetic Bases for the Evolution of Human Diet awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2014

Identifying the cognitive traits of successful companion dogs awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2013

Bonobos, Chimpanzees and the Developmental Origins of Human Cognition awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2013


Rosati, A. G., et al. “Primate Social Cognition: Thirty Years After Premack and Woodruff.” Primate Neuroethology, 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.003.0007. Full Text


Watowich, Marina M., et al. “Age influences domestic dog cognitive performance independent of average breed lifespan.Animal Cognition, vol. 23, no. 4, July 2020, pp. 795–805. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s10071-020-01385-0. Full Text

Gruen, Margaret E., et al. “Do dog breeds differ in pain sensitivity? Veterinarians and the public believe they do.Plos One, vol. 15, no. 3, Jan. 2020, p. e0230315. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0230315. Full Text

Brooks, J., et al. “Coyotes living near cities are bolder: Implications for dog evolution and human-wildlife conflict.” Behaviour, vol. 157, no. 3–4, Jan. 2020, pp. 289–313. Scopus, doi:10.1163/1568539X-bja10002. Full Text

Horschler, Daniel J., et al. “Absolute brain size predicts dog breed differences in executive function.Animal Cognition, vol. 22, no. 2, Mar. 2019, pp. 187–98. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s10071-018-01234-1. Full Text

Lucca, Kelsey, et al. “The development and flexibility of gaze alternations in bonobos and chimpanzees.Developmental Science, vol. 21, no. 4, July 2018, p. e12598. Epmc, doi:10.1111/desc.12598. Full Text

Hare, B. “Domestication experiments reveal developmental link between friendliness and cognition.” Journal of Bioeconomics, vol. 20, no. 1, Apr. 2018, pp. 159–63. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s10818-017-9264-9. Full Text

Krupenye, Christopher, and Brian Hare. “Bonobos Prefer Individuals that Hinder Others over Those that Help.Current Biology : Cb, vol. 28, no. 2, Jan. 2018, pp. 280-286.e5. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.11.061. Full Text

MacLean, Evan L., and Brian Hare. “Enhanced Selection of Assistance and Explosive Detection Dogs Using Cognitive Measures.Frontiers in Veterinary Science, vol. 5, Jan. 2018, p. 236. Epmc, doi:10.3389/fvets.2018.00236. Full Text

Tan, Jingzhi, et al. “Bonobos respond prosocially toward members of other groups.Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 1, Nov. 2017, p. 14733. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-15320-w. Full Text

MacLean, E. L., et al. “Individual differences in cooperative communicative skills are more similar between dogs and humans than chimpanzees.” Animal Behaviour, vol. 126, Apr. 2017, pp. 41–51. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.01.005. Full Text