Laurent Prétôt, Ph.D.
I am currently a PhD candidate in the Cognitive Sciences program in the Psychology Department at Georgia State University, working under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Brosnan. My overarching goal is to understand the diversity of behaviors among species, and in particular the relative roles of cognition and ecology in shaping behavior. Specifically, I study cooperation and decision-making from an evolutionary comparative perspective. I compare the decisions of several primate species with those of cleaner fish, another cooperative species with very different selective pressures as compared to primates. The primates are tested at GSU and Zoo Atlanta, and the fish studies are being completed in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Redouan Bshary at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland