Few collaborations last 50 years. It is even more rare for such lifelong partnerships to exist between a human and a nonhuman primate. However, a remarkable journey in science began in the early 1970s when Professor Duane Rumbaugh (1929-2017) chose to focus his new, innovative ape-language research on a young chimpanzee named Lana (1970-2016).… more »
The mission of the Language Research Center includes both research and education. These aims come together, for example, in the scholarship conducted by our outstanding doctoral students, working with their faculty mentors. However, there is also a service component to the LRC mission. Members of the LRC serve our college and university,… more »
LRC Researchers Audrey Parrish, Michael Beran and Sarah Brosnan report in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition that monkeys perceive visual illusions in the same way great apes and humans see them. The findings indicate humans and monkeys perceive and misperceive the world similarly, which reflects resemblances in these species’ perceptual systems… more »
In a recent NeuroImage Journal article, LRC Researchers Rob Latzman, Bill Hopkins and their collaborators report that both gray-matter volumes of various frontal cortex regions and gray-matter volume asymmetries (larger right versus left or vice versa) are associated with various personality traits. The results suggest the frontal cortex and asymmetries in this region of the… more »
When Georgia State University embarked on its Second Century Initiative (2CI), it aimed to attract 100 new faculty members who would help to boost the university’s research profile and productivity. The Primate Social Cognition, Evolution & Behavior topic was competitively reviewed and selected as one of the areas for strategic growth. After three… more »
We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new 2CI University Doctoral Fellows in PSCEB. This program was initiated as part of the GSU Second Century Initiative to provide support for outstanding doctoral students in psychology, neuroscience, or related disciplines, with research interests related to primate social cognition, evolution and behavior.
Jennifer… more »
The APS story on the origins of psychopathic tendencies
Chimpanzees driven to distraction (APA convention blog)
Chimpanzees and humans have similar personalities Huff Post
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Michael Beran publishes a science brief on delay of gratification in nonhuman animals in May 2013, available at http://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2013/05/nonhuman-animals.aspx.
Beran is a senior research scientist and associate director of the Language Research Center at Georgia State. He received his BA in Psychology from Oglethorpe University in 1997, his MA in 1997, and his PhD in… more »
Congratulations to Sarah Pope, who has been named a 2013 Chateaubriand Fellow. Sarah is a first-year neuroscience student (working with Dr. Bill Hopkins) and 2CI University Doctoral Fellow in Primate Social Cognition, Evolution & Behavior. Her Chateaubriand Fellowship will support Sarah for one year to study the neural correlates of communication by baboons in France… more »