Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
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I direct the UM Cognitive Evolution Group. I am an assistant professor in the Biopsychology area, 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.
Rosie is a third year graduate student in the Department of Psychology. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oxford University, and a masters in Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University. She is interested in understanding the evolutionary origins of human cognition, with a particular emphasis on social cognitive adaptations that may have a role in the evolution of cooperation.
Francesca De Petrillo
Post Doctoral 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 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.
Undergraduate Thesis Student
Hayoung is a fourth year undergraduate student in the Department of Integrative Biology at Harvard University. She is currently working on her honors thesis, examining the development of reward processing across the lifespan in rhesus monkeys.