Graduate Students – COMIC lab
PI: Michael Beran, Ph.D.
For more information, visit the COMIC lab website.
Maisy Bowden – Ph.D. student
Maisy graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.A. in psychology and French. As an undergraduate, she was involved in several welfare studies for animals in captivity, primarily at the St. Louis Zoo and Louisville Zoo. Her research interests fall under the umbrella of evolutionary psychology and comparative cognition, especially regarding statistical learning and other learning strategies, and how prior experience may affect those strategies. Maisy is a 2CI University Doctoral Fellow in Primate Social Cognition, Evolution & Behavior.
Kristin French – Ph.D. student
Kristin is a graduate student in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State and a 2CI University Doctoral Fellow in Primate Social Cognition, Evolution & Behavior. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Minor in Biology. As an undergraduate, she worked with David Washburn at the Language Research Center on a reversal learning project and with Charles Menzel on chimpanzee memory and gestural/ vocal communication. Her current research interests are metacognition and memory in children, nonhuman primates, and adults.
Liz Haseltine – Ph.D. student
Liz is a graduate student in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State. She graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in both Psychology and Anthropology. As an undergraduate, she worked with Amber Massey-Abernathy studying the relationship between pragmatic skills and dominance in humans. After the completion of her degree, she contributed to behavioral studies at Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield Zoo, and Zoo Atlanta with over 10 species, including gorillas, chimpanzees, and emerald tree boas. Liz also assisted Ryan Brady from Robert Hampton’s Laboratory of Comparative Primate Cognition on studies investigating the characteristics of working memory in orangutans. Her current research interests include strategic decision making, problem solving, and metacognitive regulation in human and non-human primates.
Brielle James – Ph.D. candidate
Brielle is a graduate student in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State. She graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed her senior honors thesis on mirror self-recognition in rhesus macaques at the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology. She earned her M.A. at Georgia State in 2018, studying perception of scenes in adult humans, rhesus monkeys, and capuchin monkeys. Her current research interests include primate cognition in the study of perception, decision-making, metacognition, and cognitive control.