People

Faculty

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 Managers

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 & Cognitive Sciences and a B.A. in Mathematics in 2018. 

Ellen Stumph
Ellen is interested in understanding social decision making processes in canines and non-human primates as well as uncovering the origins of prosocial behaviors in humans. Prior to working at Yale, Ellen graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Biology in 2019. 

 

Graduate Students

alyssa arreAlyssa Arre [website]
Alyssa is interested in the development of perspective taking abilities and other social behaviors in both children and 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 human-unique factors like formal schooling, language, and environment affect the rate and order of development. Prior to working at Yale, Alyssa graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Evolutionary Biology & Ecology in 2015.

zach silverZach 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 several dimensions invluding 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 in 2018.

 

CCC Alumni

Angie Johnston (Ph.D., 2012-2018, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019)

Moshe Shay Ben-Haim (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019)

Molly Crossman (Ph.D., 2013-2019)

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

Michael Bogese (YC 2014; Center Manager, 2015-2018)

Linda Chang (YC 2012; Center Manager, 2012-2015)

You-jung Choi (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015 - 2017)

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

Ellen Furlong (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2013)

Katie McAuliffe (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2015)

Antonia Misch (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015 - 2017)

Courtney Turrin (M.S., 2015-2017)