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Mariana Bicalho Maia CorreiaCohort 2023


  • MSc, Health Sciences (Neurosciences), University of Brasilia, Brazil
  • BSc, Biology, University of Brazilia, Brazil


  • Evolution of language
  • Social learning and social cognition
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • ⁠⁠Tool-making and tool use
  • Primatology

I’m interested in the evolutionary origins of complex social cognitive traits — what are the cognitive mechanisms that underlie the evolution of language, how do language and sociality influence cultural transmission, and what neural correlations can be made between such behaviors? For my doctoral research, I plan to adopt a comparative approach, drawing parallels between humans and nonhuman primates, and investigate evolutionary connections between social learning, language evolution and tool-making.

Advisors: Dr. Stout