Dan Coppeto

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: Anthropology 111. Office hours Tuesday 4-5:30pm, Thursday 2:30-4pm and by appointment.

Email: dcoppet@emory.edu

Education

  • PhD, Anthropology, Emory University, 2020
  • B.A., Anthropology & Psychology, New York University, 2008

Biography

Throughout my undergraduate career, I was always interested in the evolution of human behavior. My courses in Anthropology and Psychology had a great deal of overlap, but I wanted to see even more integration of the ideas and methods of both fields. In particular, I wanted to understand the evolution of both human social cognition, and its underlying neurobiological substrate.   

I was given the opportunity to explore primate behavior as a field research in Ecuador, studying the local Titi and Saki monkeys for the Tiputini Biodiversity Station. Following this, I began the doctorate program at Emory University in order to better realize my goals of studying human neurobiological and behavioral evolution. In particular, for my dissertation research, I have studied the behavior, hormones, and brains of varying baboon subspecies. I hope to continue and expand upon this research in the future.

 

Research

Research:  

  • Primatology
  • Brain evolution
  • Social neuroendocrinology
  • Primate social organization
  • Comparative neurobiology
  • Aggression & Competition

 

I am primarily interested in the proximate neurobiological and endocrinological mechanisms of primate sociality. Specifically, the majority of my research has focused on the way in which these proximate mechanisms influence the highly variable social structures, mating relationships, and social lives of the baboon subspecies. In terms of proximate mechanisms, I am particularly interested in the roles that the neurohormones oxytocin and arginine vasopressin (and their interactions within the brain) play in observed differences in primate sociality. I hope to expand this research by not only looking at different hormones (particularly the endogenous opioids), but also to look more closely at the connection between specific social behaviors and hormone concentration variability.