Graduate Student

Curriculum Vitae

Email: oliviabtomeo@gmail.com

Research Interests: social cognition, decision-making, primate behavior


I am a first year PhD candidate working with Dr. Sarah Brosnan in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State University. I am fascinated by social cognition and decision-making questions, and I aim to answer these questions using comparative approaches.  

I spent the past two years as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition where I investigated holistic face processing in rhesus macaques using fMRI and behavioral techniques. Before that, I worked at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC and studied the impact of diet on regurgitation and reingestion behaviors of gorilla and orangutan groups. I received my Bachelors degree in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University where I completed an independent study project to determine if squirrel monkeys have a concept of identity.