James Rilling


Office: 1462 Clifton Road Building, Room 268. Office hours Thursday 1:45-3:45p and by appointment.

Phone: 404-727-3062

Email: jrillin@emory.edu

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  • PhD, Emory University, 1998



  • Human brain evolution
  • Neural basis of human social behavior
  • Comparative primate neurobiology
  • Anthropology of fatherhood

James K. Rilling is a Professor of Anthropology at Emory University, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Rilling and his colleagues use non-invasive functional brain imaging techniques to compare brain structure and function in monkeys, apes and humans, with the goal of identifying human brain specializations and informing our knowledge of human brain evolution. His lab also uses functional MRI to investigate the neural bases of 1) cooperation and 2) paternal care in humans.

Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience


  • ANT 200/NBB 201 Foundations of Behavior
  • ANT 210 Human Biology: A Life Cycle Approach
  • ANT 316 Evolution of Human Brain and MInd
  • ANT 317 Human Social Neuroscience
  • ANT 319 Anthropology of Fatherhood