Contact Information

Director:              Dr. Laurie Santos

                            Department of Psychology

                            Box 208205, New Haven, CT 06520  

                            Phone: 203.432.4524


Lab Manager:     Linda Chang

                            Phone: 203.785.3934


Welcome to CapLab!

The Comparative Cognition Laboratory explores the evolutionary origins of the human mind by comparing the cognitive abilities of human and non-human primates.  Our experiments focus on a number of different primate species (in the field and in captivity) and incorporate methodologies from cognitive development and cognitive neuroscience.

Our research examines the following broad questions: what domains of knowledge are unique to the human mind? Given that human infants and non-human primates both lack language, what similarities and differences do we see in the expression of non-linguistic domains of knowledge?

Our current work explores what primates understand about physical objects and their motions, how primates spontaneously reason about different kinds of things (foods, artifacts, and animals), and whether or not non-human primates possess precursors to a theory of mind.

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