I am a graduate student in the Department of Cognitive Science at UCSD working in the Comparative Cognition Laboratory of Dr. Federico Rossano. A psychologist by training, I have spent the last years mainly studying the behavior and cognitive abilities of different ape species (gibbons, orangutans, gorillas, humans, bonobos, chimpanzees). My research aims at gaining insights about the ultimate and proximate origins of social cognition in humans and animals through comparative and developmental approaches. More precisely, I am asking questions such as:
To what extent do cultures influence the social behavior in primate societies?
How much intraspecific variation can be found in different primate species?
What are the ultimate and proximate factors that lead individuals to either cooperate or compete with each other in specific interactions?