Academic Bio

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I’m a PhD candidate in the Cognitive Sciences programme at Georgia State University. I mainly work with Sarah Brosnan at the Laboratory for Comparative Economics and Behavioral Studies (CEBUS Lab), studying decision-making in capuchin monkeys, rhesus macaques, and humans. I earned a MA in Psychology / Cognitive Sciences investigating how seemingly irrational behavior can be optimal in uncertain environments.

Through a collaboration with Joe Mendelson, I also run cognitive tests with reptiles at Zoo Atlanta. In 2018, I spent two months conducting fieldwork with children in Manipur, India as a visiting research scholar in the Evolution, Variation, and Ontogeny of Learning Laboratory (EVO Learn Lab) led by Cristine Legare at the University of Texas at Austin.

Previously, I worked with Frans de Waal at the Living Links Center for the Advanced Study of Ape and Human Evolution. While there, I managed three groups of chimpanzees and conducted behavioural tests of their social cognition as well as observational studies.

I earned a BS in Psychology for an experimental study on the understanding of discrete probabilities in chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas, carried out at the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center in Leipzig, Germany. I also spent a year in the field as a research assistant on the Inkawu Vervet Project in South Africa, which focused on different aspects of vervet monkey behaviour, including social learning and inter-group encounters.

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