I am a first-year PhD candidate in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State University working with Dr. Sarah Brosnan. Using non-human primates as a model, I hope to investigate social metacognition and the cognitive processes that allow primates to interact with a dynamic social environment. In addition, I am interested in hormonal effects on social decision-making and strategy formation.
Before coming to GSU, I worked at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center studying the effect of oxytocin on strategy formation by rhesus macaques in partner-based economic games. Prior to that, I spent over a year testing great ape cognition and behavior in the Research department at Zoo Atlanta, using Western lowland gorillas and orangutans as a model to study numerical understanding and metacognition.
I received a B.S. in Psychology – Neuroscience from Yale University for my research in the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Yale. Under Dr. Laurie Santos, I investigated theory of mind and social metacognition in capuchin monkeys. In addition, I conducted cognitive fieldwork at the Caribbean Primate Research Center at Cayo Santiago, collecting data from free-ranging rhesus macaques.