Campus Directory: Peter Henzi

University of Lethbridge

Peter Henzi
Psychology Department
Office: B836 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 317-2839


Primate sociality and cognition, Animal behaviour, Development and structure of human social cognition

Research Areas

Primate socio-ecology, Baboons, Vervet monkeys, Social development in children, Spatial decision-making


I am a native of Durban, South Africa, with a PhD from the University of Natal. Together with Prof. Louise Barrett, I conduct field research on the behavioural ecology of southern African primates (baboons, vervets) and, more recently, on the development of human social cognition. I retain strong academic links with South Africa and hold an adjunct research chair at the University of South Africa.

Selected Publications

Representative recent publications include:

R. McFarland, L. Barrett, R. Boner, N. Freeman & S.P. Henzi. 2015. Behavioral flexibility of vervet monkeys in response to climatic and social variability. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 84: 871-878.

T. Pollet, G. Stulp, S.P. Henzi & L. Barrett. 2015. Taking the aggravation out of data aggregation: a conceptual guide to dealing with statistical issues related to the pooling of individual-level observational data. American Journal of Primatology. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22405

K.J. Rotenberg, P. Qualter, N. Holt, R.A. Harris, L. Barrett, & S.P. Henzi. 2014. When trust fails: The relation between children's trust beliefs in peers and their peer interactions in a natural setting.  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 42: 967-980.

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