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Alexandra Rosati : Assistant Professor of Psychology and Anthropology

Alexandra Rosati

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Anthropology

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I am an assistant professor in the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology, and a Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Human Growth and Development. I received an AB in Psychology from Harvard, a PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke, and conducted postdoctoral research at Yale.

Francesca De Petrillo : Postdoctoral Fellow

Francesca De Petrillo

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Francesca is a postdoctoral researcher in the Cognitive Evolution Group. She received her PhD from Sapienza University of Rome in 2016. For her PhD, she investigated responses to unpredictable rewards in capuchin monkeys, preschool children and adult humans. She is interested in understanding the evolutionary origins of human economic behavior.

Megan Cole : Lab Coordinator

Megan Cole

Lab Coordinator

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Megan is the lab manager for the Cognitive Evolution Group. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and has studied hormones and behavior in wild primates. Megan is interested in the evolution of primate social cognition, particularly how social relationships affect decision-making.

Rosemary Bettle : Graduate Student, Biopsychology

Rosemary Bettle

Graduate Student, Biopsychology

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Rosie is a third year graduate student in the Department of Psychology. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oxford, and a masters in Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard. She is interested in the evolutionary origins of human social cognition, with a particular emphasis on cooperation and theory of mind.

Rachna Reddy : Graduate Student, Bioanthropology

Rachna Reddy

Graduate Student, Bioanthropology

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Rachna is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology working with Prof. John Mitani. She received her BA in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University. She is interested in the evolution and development of social bonds, especially in chimpanzees. She works primarily with the Ngogo chimpanzee population in Kibale National Park, Uganda.

Megan Mulhinch : Undergraduate Thesis Student

Megan Mulhinch

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Megan is a senior at UM majoring in Neuroscience. She is working on an honors thesis examining social cognition and cooperation from an evolutionary perspective in humans.

Collaborators on chimpanzee health, behavior, and aging

Collaborators on primate and human cognition

Cognitive Evolution Group alumni

  • Hayoung Chang (Harvard College ’18) completed her honors thesis in Integrative Biology examining reward processing across the lifespan in rhesus monkeys. She is currently a research assistant at Columbia.
  • Yijia Zheng is a undergrad at UM majoring in Psychology.