Welcome to the Comparative Cognition Laboratory!

Welcome to the Comparative Cognition Laboratory!

The Comparative Cognition Laboratory explores the evolutionary origins of the human mind by comparing the cognitive abilities of human and non-human primates. Our studies focus on a number of different primate species and incorporate methodologies from cognitive development and cognitive neuroscience.

Our research examines the following broad questions: what domains of knowledge are unique to the human mind? Given that human infants and non-human primates both lack language, what similarities and differences do we see in the expression of non-linguistic domains of knowledge?

Our current work explores what primates understand about physical objects and their motions, how primates spontaneously reason about different kinds of things (foods, artifacts, and animals), and whether or not non-human primates possess precursors to a theory of mind.


February 20, 2018
One of our graduate students, Angie Johnston, recently gave a talk at the Lunarfest in New Haven, in celebration of the year of the dog! Check out some coverage on her talk...
February 1, 2018
The Atlantic covered our work on dingoes and nicely summarized our colleagues interdisciplinary work on canine domestication. Read more here.
January 23, 2018
Quanta Magazine covered Angie Johnston's work on dingo cognition and how it fits into the leading theory on dog domestication and evolution. Read more here!