My research addresses the evolutionary origins of the human mind by examining how different primate species think about the world, whether their psychological abilities are similar to (or different from) our own, and finally why variation in cognition emerges across taxa from an evolutionary perspective. I am especially interested in the origins of human-like economic behavior and executive control. I direct the Cognitive Evolution Group.
I received an AB in Psychology from Harvard University, and a PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University, where I was part of the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. I conducted postdoctoral research as part of the Department of Psychology at Yale University.
In summer 2017, I will be moving to the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan.