The Next Frontier: Probing The Mind Of Another Species -- Ours; How Monkeys See Scientists

How Monkeys See Scientists Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth, who are married to each other and have two daughters, received their Ph.D.'s at the University of Cambridge. They previously edited Primate Societies (University of Chicago Press, 1987). Cheney, 40, is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Seyfarth, 43, is an associate professor of psychology there. The purpose of their research was to determine how the vervets related to each other, but in a

Dorothy Cheney
Apr 28, 1991

How Monkeys See Scientists

Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth, who are married to each other and have two daughters, received their Ph.D.'s at the University of Cambridge. They previously edited Primate Societies (University of Chicago Press, 1987). Cheney, 40, is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Seyfarth, 43, is an associate professor of psychology there.

The purpose of their research was to determine how the vervets related to each other, but in an interview conducted in Cheney's office, The Scientist asked Cheney and Seyfarth to narrow their focus on how monkeys see the world, in order to consider the question: How do monkeys see scientists? The two ethologists' work offers us the opportunity to consider the complicated relationships between scientists and their subjects. Rich in philosophical references, How Monkeys See the World provokes researchers into reconsidering what they do when they try to read the...