Dating in the Animal Kingdom
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Monday 20th May 2019
Doors Open 18:30 | Event 19:00 - 22:30
De Jonge Admiraal
Javastraat 149, 1094 HE Amsterdam

Tinder for orangutans

Partner choice is a cognitive process, and individuals are biased towards certain traits of a conspecific. Zoo-housed animals often cannot choose their partner, even though this could increase reproductive performance. Orangutans are one species in which increased reproduction in zoos is important. Therefore, our project tries to use psychological tasks on a touchscreen to investigate partner preferences for these animals. By combining different tasks, we hope to create a partner choice tool, giving the orangutans some control with regard to partner choice which may increase their reproductive performance and well-being.

Tom S. Roth

PhD student



Swipe Love

The internet has expanded our ways to search and find mates. Dating applications have vastly increased the number of potential partners we can meet. Does this make dating easier or does this complicate the match making process? It is often argued that this technology has fueled a hookup culture. Due to the vast number of partners that can be contacted via this technology, users are reluctant to commit to one another. They are always on the lookout for new, and better options. As a result, intimate relationship are often short lived. In this talk, Jitse Schuurmans will discuss whether users of dating applications experience such a 'paradox of choice'.


Jitse J. Schuurmans 

Assistant Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam