I am a Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State University working with Dr. Sarah Brosnan. I’m interested in how primates think and interact with an ever-changing social environment. As part of the Hormone lab, I am interested in using naturally-occurring hormone levels to predict individual differences in social decision-making and performance failure under pressure. I also study cognition in the great ape species housed at Zoo Atlanta as a visiting graduate researcher.
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, Puerto Rico, collecting data from free-ranging rhesus macaques.