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Nicole FurgalaCohort 2022


  • MSc, Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology, University of St. Andrews
  • BAS, Zoology and Psychology, University of Guelph


I am interested in the evolutionary origins of social cognition by unraveling shared and unique cognitive traits between humans and nonhuman primates. Specifically, I am interested in how primates such as Chimpanzees and Capuchins acquire and utilize social information during social learning and cooperation, as it relates to our understanding of how humans became such a cooperative species. For my doctoral research, I plan to combine primatological field work with technologies and behavioural experiments used in comparative cognition research.

Advisor: Dr. Lonsdorf