Laurie R. Santos, PhD

Director, Comparative Cognition Laboratory; Director, Canine and Primate Laboratory (aka CapLab), which explores the evolutionary origins of the human mind by comparing the cognitive abilities of humans and non-human animals, including primates and canines; Director of Psychology; Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University; Head of Silliman College; Her course titled "Psychology and the Good Life" became the most popular course in Yale's history in 2018, Co-Author, "Developmental Shifts in Social Cognition: Socio-Emotional Across the Life Span in Rhesus Monkeys" (2018, Behavioral Ecology), "The Evolutionary Roots of Human Decision-Making" (2015, Annual Review of Psychology), "Comparative Developmental Psychology: How is Human Cognitive Development Unique?" (2014, Evolutionary Psychology) and “Sociobiology Young Children Are More Generous When Others Are Aware of Their Actions” (2013, PloS ONE)


Unique Brains & Special Skills

What Makes the Human Mind Special?: Insights from Non-Human Animals