Laurie Santos [website] [cv]
Laurie is the director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory and the Canine Cognition Center at Yale. She received her A.B. in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard in 2003. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.

Lab Manager

Yiyun Huang
Yiyun is interested in the evolutionary roots of formal thought processes and social decision making in canines and non-human primates. Prior to working at Yale, Yiyun graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a B.A. in Mathematics in 2018.

Graduate Students

alyssa arre profile photoAlyssa Arre [website]
Alyssa is interested in the development of perspective taking abilities and other social behaviors in both nonhuman primates. Her work at Cayo Santiago seeks to map out the developmental trajectory of certain social behaviors in nonhuman primates to better understand how ecology shapes cognition. Prior to working at Yale, Alyssa graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Evolutionary Biology & Ecology in 2015.

zach silver on the Yale campusZach Silver 
Zachary Silver is interested in how nonhuman animals learn from and about human agents. His research  explores how dogs and other canid species use observed behavior to socially evaluate humans along serveral dimensions including morality, competence, and social rank. Zachary is also interested in the effects of formal training on sociocognitive development. Prior to beginning his work at Yale, Zachary graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Psychology and Music.


Justine Aw (YC 2005)

Melissa Baranay (YC 2011, Lab Manager: 2011-2012)

Jennifer Barnes (YC 2006, Ph.D.: 2007-2012)

Moshe Shay Ben-Haim (Post-Doc, 2018-2019)

Marcela Benitez (YC 2007, Lab Manager: 2007-2008)

Michael Bogese (YC 2014, Lab Manager: 2015-2018)

Louisa Egan Brad (Ph.D.: 2003-2008)

Nick Buttrick (YC 2008, Lab Manager: 2008-2011)

Linda Chang (YC 2012, Lab Manager: 2012-2015)

Erik Cheries (Ph.D.: 2002-2007)

Paul Cohen   (YC 2013)

Molly Crossman (Ph.D. 2013-2019)


Lindsey Drayton (Ph.D.: 2011-2017)

Brian Edwards (YC 2008)

Jonathan Flombaum (Ph.D.: 2003-2008)

Ellen Furlong (Post-Doc: 2010-2013)

Courtney Glavis-Bloom (YC 2004)

Liz Gunderson​ (YC 2005)

Bailey House 

Kelly Hughes (Ph.D.: 2007-2012)

Angie Johnston (Ph.D.: 2012-2018; Post-Doc: 2018-2019)

Matthew Jordan (Ph.D.: 2013-2019)

Venkat Lakshminarayanan (YC 2007, Ph.D.: 2007-2012)

Kristi Leimgruber (Ph.D.: 2009-2014)

Derek Lyons (Ph.D.: 2004-2008)

Drew Marticorena (YC 2008)

Alia Martin (Ph.D.: 2009-2014)

Katie McAuliffe (Post-Doc: 2013-2015)

Dakota McCoy   (YC 2013)  

Koleen McCrink (Ph.D.: 2002-2007)

Cora Mukerji (YC 2011)

George Newman (Ph.D.: 2004-2008)

Webb Phillips (Ph.D.: 2005-2010)

Albert Powers (YC 2004)

Alexandra Rosati​ (Post-Doc: 2013-2015)

Ben Rottman (Ph.D.: 2006-2011)

April Ruiz (YC 2005, Post-Doc: 2009-2011)

Cecilia Sanchez (YC 2013)

Adena Schachner (YC 2006)

Maya Shankar (YC 2007)

Alex Shaw (Ph.D.: 2008-2013)

Mark Sheskin (Ph.D.: 2007-2013)

Meg Sosnowski (YC 2013)

Amy Skerry (YC 2010)

Mariko (Yamaguchi) Moher (YC 2005)