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Robin Dunbar

Anthropologist, Evolutionary Psychologist & Author

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Robin Dunbar Biography

Robin Dunbar is a British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist and a specialist in primate behavior. He is the head of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. He is best known for formulating Dunbar's number, a measurement of the "cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships".

His research is concerned with trying to understand the behavioral, cognitive and neuroendocrinological mechanisms that underpin social bonding in primates (in general) and humans (in particular). Understanding these mechanisms, and the functions that relationships serve, will give us insights how humans have managed to create large scale societies using a form of psychological that is evolutionarily adapted to very small scale societies, and why these mechanisms are less than perfect in the modern world. This has implications for the design of social networking sites as well as mobile technology. To study social bonding, Dunbar uses conventional behavioral and cognitive experimental approaches, combined with network analysis, agent based modelling, comparative studies of primate brain evolution, neuroimaging and neuroendocrinology to explore explicit and implicit processes at both the dyadic and the group level.

In 2015, Dunbar was awarded the Huxley Memorial Medal, established in 1900 in memory of Thomas Henry Huxley, for services to anthropology by the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the highest honor at the disposal of the RAI. Dunbar is also a Humanists UK Distinguished Supporter of Humanism.

Dunbar received his education at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy in 1969. Dunbar then went on to the Department of Psychology of the University of Bristol and completed his PhD in 1974 on the social organization of the gelada, Theropithecus gelada, a monkey that is a close relative to baboons. In 1994, Dunbar became Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at University of Liverpool, but he left Liverpool in 2007 to take up the post of Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford.

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A Pelican Introduction Human Evolution

A Pelican Introduction Human Evolution

The Science of Love and Betrayal

The Science of Love and Betrayal

How Many Friends Does One Person Need?: Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks

How Many Friends Does One Person Need?: Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks

The Human Story

The Human Story

Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language

Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language

Grooming, Gossip, And The Evolution Of Language

Grooming, Gossip, And The Evolution Of Language

News
  • Dunbar's number: Why we can only maintain 150 relationships

    The theory of Dunbar’s number holds that we can only really maintain about 150 connections at once. But is the rule true in today’s world of social media?

  • The Limits of Friendship

    Robin Dunbar came up with his eponymous number almost by accident. The University of Oxford anthropologist and psychologist (then at University College London) was trying to solve the problem of why primates devote so much time and effort to grooming. In the process of figuring out the solution, he chanced upon a potentially far more intriguing application for his research.

  • You Can Only Maintain So Many Close Friendships

    The evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar explains the limits on how many connections humans can keep up, and the trade-offs involved when you invest in a new relationship.

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Robin Dunbar Biography

Robin Dunbar is a British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist and a specialist in primate behavior. He is the head of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. He is best known for formulating Dunbar's number, a measurement of the "cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships".

His research is concerned with trying to understand the behavioral, cognitive and neuroendocrinological mechanisms that underpin social bonding in primates (in general) and humans (in particular). Understanding these mechanisms, and the functions that relationships serve, will give us insights how humans have managed to create large scale societies using a form of psychological that is evolutionarily adapted to very small scale societies, and why these mechanisms are less than perfect in the modern world. This has implications for the design of social networking sites as well as mobile technology. To study social bonding, Dunbar uses conventional behavioral and cognitive experimental approaches, combined with network analysis, agent based modelling, comparative studies of primate brain evolution, neuroimaging and neuroendocrinology to explore explicit and implicit processes at both the dyadic and the group level.

In 2015, Dunbar was awarded the Huxley Memorial Medal, established in 1900 in memory of Thomas Henry Huxley, for services to anthropology by the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the highest honor at the disposal of the RAI. Dunbar is also a Humanists UK Distinguished Supporter of Humanism.

Dunbar received his education at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy in 1969. Dunbar then went on to the Department of Psychology of the University of Bristol and completed his PhD in 1974 on the social organization of the gelada, Theropithecus gelada, a monkey that is a close relative to baboons. In 1994, Dunbar became Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at University of Liverpool, but he left Liverpool in 2007 to take up the post of Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford.

Robin Dunbar Videos

  • "Why Facebook won't get you any more friends" Professor Robin Dunbar
    Social media from Facebook to WhatsApp have revolutionized our social lives in less than a decade. Yet, claims to the contrary notwithstanding, they...
  • Robin Dunbar on Evolution
    What makes us human? In the first of an exciting series of events celebrating the return of the popular and accessible Pelican books, evolutionary...
  • Laughter, love and social cohesion: Robin Dunbar at TEDxTransmedia
    Robin Dunbar is Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He was elected a Fellow of the...

Robin Dunbar Books

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  • How to book Robin Dunbar?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Robin Dunbar for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Robin Dunbar, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Robin Dunbar or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Robin Dunbar?

    Booking fees for Robin Dunbar, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Robin Dunbar, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Robin Dunbar?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Robin Dunbar for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Robin Dunbar for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Robin Dunbar or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Robin Dunbar or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Robin Dunbar is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Robin Dunbar for your event is available upon request. Robin Dunbar generally travels from OxfordUK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Richard Slatcher, Dr. Joseph Shrand, Mark Seidenberg, Jordan Shapiro and Wendy Wood. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Robin Dunbar for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Robin Dunbar Speaker Videos

  • "Why Facebook won't get you any more friends" Professor Robin Dunbar
    Social media from Facebook to WhatsApp have revolutionized our social lives in less than a decade. Yet, claims to the contrary notwithstanding, they haven’t in fact increased the size of our social...
    Robin Dunbar on Evolution
    What makes us human? In the first of an exciting series of events celebrating the return of the popular and accessible Pelican books, evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar will discuss the...
  • Laughter, love and social cohesion: Robin Dunbar at TEDxTransmedia
    Robin Dunbar is Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998. His principal research...
    Can the internet buy you more friends? TEDxObserver
    Robin, currently director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology of the University of Oxford, is renowned for creating a formula which is now known as 'Dunbar's number' - and...

Robin Dunbar News

  • Dunbar's number: Why we can only maintain 150 relationships

    The theory of Dunbar’s number holds that we can only really maintain about 150 connections at once. But is the rule true in today’s world of social media?

  • The Limits of Friendship

    Robin Dunbar came up with his eponymous number almost by accident. The University of Oxford anthropologist and psychologist (then at University College London) was trying to solve the problem of why primates devote so much time and effort to grooming. In the process of figuring out the solution, he chanced upon a potentially far more intriguing application for his research.

  • You Can Only Maintain So Many Close Friendships

    The evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar explains the limits on how many connections humans can keep up, and the trade-offs involved when you invest in a new relationship.

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