Laurie Santos [personal webpage] [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 a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Head of Silliman College.

Center  Manager

Michael Bogese
Michael graduated from Yale University in 2014 with a B.A. in Anthropology. He worked in the Canine Cognition Center for a year prior to starting as lab manager. (Pictured with Roxy during CCC 2014 Howl-oween)

Postdoctoral Fellows

Moshe Shay Ben-Haim [website]
Shay’s research is exploring the evidence for conscious processing in intelligent animals. His initial research at the canine cognition center employs uniquely designed animal cognitive tasks tapping both conscious and non-conscious processing. Before coming to Yale in 2018, Shay obtained a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S in Biology from Tel-Aviv University. He holds two PhDs, one in Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience and a second PhD in Molecular Genetics.

Graduate  Students

Rosie Aboody
Rosie is interested in how humans infer others’ internal states (i.e., knowledge, beliefs) from their external, observable behaviors. In the Canine Cognition Center, Rosie studies how dogs think about and represent other minds. She is also a member of the Computation and Development Lab. Rosie received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley, and later lab-managed for Dr. Alison Gopnik’s Cognitive Development Lab.

alyssa arreAlyssa Arre [website]
Alyssa is interested in the development of perspective taking abilities and other social behaviors in nonhuman primates and canids. 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. At the Canine Cognition Center, she hopes to look at how domestication has shaped canid social behaviors. Prior to working at Yale, Alyssa graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Evolutionary Biology & Ecology in 2015.

Molly Crossman
Molly is interested in human-animal interaction (HAI) and animal-assisted therapy. Specifically, Molly is interested in how HAI may be used to promote mentalizing development in children with autism, as well as to provide efficient and engaging treatments for a range of populations. At the Canine Cognition Lab, Molly is exploring how people think about and interact with their pets. Before coming to Yale in 2013, Molly graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in child development and psychology.

Angie Johnston[personal webpage]
Angie’s research sets out to answer the question “How do people learn accurate information from others, and how can we strengthen this ability?” Her work in the Canine Cognition Lab is aimed a exploring the potential evolutionary origins of teaching and social learning by investigating whether or not canine populations learn from others in the same way humans do. Before coming to Yale in 2012, Angie received her B.A. in Psychology and her B.S. in Child Development from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Matthew Jordan
Matt graduated from Northeastern University where he majored in Decision Neuroscience. Before coming to Yale, he studied behavioral economics at The Brookings Institution. His research investigates the evolutionary bases of decision-making processes and the cognitive structures responsible for forming social preferences.



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)