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I’m a PhD candidate in the Cognitive Sciences programme at Georgia State University. I work with Sarah Brosnan at the Comparative Economics and Behavioral Studies Lab (CEBUS Lab) and with Eyal Aharoni at the Cooperation, Conflict, & Cognition Lab (CCC Lab). I earned a MA in Psychology / Cognitive Sciences investigating how seemingly irrational behavior can be optimal in uncertain environments.

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, which I carried out at the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center in Leipzig, Germany. I took an opportunity to work in the field for a year as well—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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