People



Alexandra Rosati : Assistant Professor Alexandra Rosati

Assistant Professor

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Alex is an assistant professor of Psychology and Anthropology. She received an AB in Psychology from Harvard, a PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke, and completed postdoctoral research at Yale. She is interested in evolution, cognition and development.



Elisa Felsche : Postdoctoral Researcher Elisa Felsche

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Elisa is an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellow. She completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews focused on social learning and abstract rule formation in different primate species. She is  interested in the evolution of primate cognition and behavior, and is studying the biology of leadership in collaboration with the Kibale Chimpanzee Project.



Francesca De Petrillo : Postdoctoral Researcher Francesca De Petrillo

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Francesca is a postdoctoral fellow based at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. She received a PhD in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from Sapienza University of Rome. She is interested in the evolutionary origins of human economic behavior.



Rosemary Bettle : Graduate Student (Biopsychology) Rosemary Bettle

Graduate Student (Biopsychology)

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Rosie is a sixth year graduate student. She received a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford, and an MA in Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard. She is interested in the evolution of human social cognition, especially cooperation and theory of mind.



Averill Cantwell : Graduate Student (Biopsychology) Averill Cantwell

Graduate Student (Biopsychology)

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Averill is a third year graduate student. She received an AB in Government from Harvard, and previously studied primate social behavior, canine cognition, and neurodegenerative disease. She is interested in the evolution of cognitive flexibility and lifespan changes in cognition.



Yiyun Huang : Graduate Student (Biopsychology) Yiyun Huang

Graduate Student (Biopsychology)

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Yiyun is a first year graduate student. She received a B.S. in Brain & Cognitive Science and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester. She is interested in the evolution of social cognition and decision-making.



Paige Barnes : Lab Coordinator Paige Barnes

Lab Coordinator

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Paige received her BS in Zoology and Statistics from Michigan State University, concentrating in Animal Behavior and Neurobiology. She studied vocalizations in spotted hyenas and worked on the Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Project in Uganda. She is interested in decision making and cognition.



Megan Mulhinch : Lab Coordinator Megan Mulhinch

Lab Coordinator

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Megan received a BS in Neuroscience from University of Michigan in 2019, and completed honors thesis in the Cognitive Evolution Group examining cooperation in humans. She is interested in primate social cognition and behavior.



Melissa Painter : Graduate Student (Biopsychology) Melissa Painter

Graduate Student (Biopsychology)

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Missy is a third year graduate student advised by Dr. Thore Bergman. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a M.S. in Animal Behavior from Bucknell. She is interested in primate vocal communication and social cognition in wild geladas and capuchins.



Skylar Brodnan : Undergraduate Researcher Skylar Brodnan

Undergraduate Researcher

Skylar is a sophomore studying psychology at the University of Michigan. She is interested in social cognition, behavior, and conservation of nonhuman primates. She plans to attend graduate school in the future



Ben Culp : Undergraduate Researcher Ben Culp

Undergraduate Researcher

Ben is a sophomore at the University of Michigan on a pre-medical track. He is interested in the effects of intelligence on humans and non-human primates regarding behavior and social status. Ben plans to attend medical school in the future.

 



Lauren Ernst : Undergraduate Researcher Lauren Ernst

Undergraduate Researcher

Lauren is a junior at UM studying Economics and Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. She is interested in decision making and cooperation in humans and non-human primates.

 



Isabelle Hasslund : Undergraduate Researcher Isabelle Hasslund

Undergraduate Researcher

Isabelle is a senior at UM studying Biology and Music. She is interested in the evolution of social cognition and cooperation, as well as health and conservation of nonhuman primates.

 



Kendall Mills : Undergraduate Researcher Kendall Mills

Undergraduate Researcher

Kendall is a junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is interested in the social cognition of primates. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school.



Safa Mohamed : Undergraduate Researcher Safa Mohamed

Undergraduate Researcher

Safa is a senior at UM studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She is interested in primate social cognition, behavior, and decision-making skills. She hopes to study cognitive science in graduate school.



Julia Salamango : Undergraduate Researcher Julia Salamango

Undergraduate Researcher

Julia is a junior studying Evolutionary Anthropology and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She's interested in cognitive adaptations behind social learning and cooperation in primates, as well as research about sustainable conservation strategies.



Rayna Shamah : Undergraduate Researcher Rayna Shamah

Undergraduate Researcher

Rayna is a senior at UM majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience with a minor in Environment. She is interested in decision making processes as well as the behavior and well-being of primates, and plans to attend graduate school.



Joanna Zhang : Undergraduate Researcher Joanna Zhang

Undergraduate Researcher

Joanna is a junior at UM pursuing a degree in Economics and Statistics. She is interested in social cognition and decision-making in humans and primates. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school.


 

Collaborators

Cognitive Evolution Group alumni

  • Paru Nair (Honors thesis student; UM ’20 Neuroscience)
  • Rachna Reddy (Anthropology PhD ’20, working with Dr. John Mitani) is currently a postdoctoral scholar in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University
  • Gabrielle Bueno (Lab Coordinator, 2018-20) is a graduate student at UT Austin.
  • Hayoung Chang (Honors thesis student; Harvard College ’18 Integrative Biology) is currently attending the Royal Veterinary College in London.
  • Megan Cole (Lab Coordinator, 2016-18) is currently a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.