Samin Gokcekus

Samin Gokcekus


Name: Samin Gokcekus
Position: DPhil Student

Short biography:

I obtained my BA in Philosophy and Psychology at Durham University (2015-2018). For the psychology portion of my undergraduate dissertation, I analyzed focal video footage from Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary in order to investigate the development of tool use in semi-captive bonobos. For my Master’s research I worked with cooperatively breeding callitrichid monkeys at UK zoos to develop a novel curiosity measure; I administered this along with an inhibition task at the Primate Station of the University of Zurich to investigate the relationships between these measures and how they are related to reproductive status and other characteristics.

Research activities:

I am interested in animal behavior and cognition, especially in terms of the emergence and maintenance of curiosity and cooperation. I am joining the EGI to start my DPhil, where I aim to study dyadic behaviors in great tits (Parus major), blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus), and marsh tits (Poecile palustris) at Wytham Woods to gain a better understanding of how and why individuals cooperate and how this impacts social networks and structures.


Gokcekus, S. (2019). Elizabeth Hamilton’s Scottish Associationism: Early Nineteenth-Century Philosophy of Mind. Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 5(3), 267-285. doi:10.1017/apa.2019.2