Graduate Student

Georgia State University

Curriculum Vitae

Email: smayerhoff1@student.gsu.edu

Research Interests: comparative cognition, social cognition, evolution of behavior

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I am a first year PhD student working with Dr. Sarah Brosnan in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State University. I am interested in studying comparative primate social cognition, especially how social factors influence the development of socio-cognitive abilities, to gain insight into human evolution.

I received my Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison where I worked in both Dr. Karen Strier’s Muriqui Behavioral Ecology Database and Dr. Paula Niedenthal’s Emotions Lab. After graduating, I spent a year working with bonobos as a Research Intern at the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative. I then worked for Dr. Lauren Brent on Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico investigating grooming reciprocity in rhesus macaques. Most recently, I collected observational data from wild bonobos at LuiKotale in the Democratic Republic of Congo.