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Research


Research Facilities

Ancient DNA Laboratory

JOHN LINDO, DIRECTOR

  • Understanding Evolution through Research, Teaching, and Outreach.
  • The Lab is located in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University.
  • We utilize ancient DNA to study adaptive evolutionary events in humans and animals.
Lab Website

The Bemba Project

Bemba is the most widely spoken language in Zambia, with over 7 million speakers.  Here you will find a wide range of Bemba language scholarship and resources, including:  sociolinguistic and grammatical analyses of the Bemba language, digital texts and audio in Bemba, an extensive bibliography, and numerous links to further resources.

Group Website

Experimental Ethnography Working Group

DEBRA VIDALI, DIRECTOR

We are a working group of faculty and students committed to producing knowledge in experimental and hybrid forms at the intersection of the social sciences, humanities, arts, and public scholarship.

Group Website

Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience

JAMES RILLING, DIRECTOR

The Mission of the Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience is two-fold. One goal is to investigate the neural bases of human social cognition and behavior, particularly those aspects that have been under strong evolutionary selection pressure.

Lab Website

Paleolithic Technology Laboratory

DIETRICH STOUT, DIRECTOR

The Paleolithic Technology Laboratory studies the behavioral, cognitive, and neural bases of toolmaking in order to understand the evolutionary history of the human mind and brain. Research focuses mainly on Oldowan, Acheulean, and Levallois technologies, using a combination of lithic analysis of archaeological specimens, experimental production of stone tools, and measurements of motor action, neural activation, and brain anatomy related to toolmaking.

Lab Website

Social Cognition and Primate Behavior Laboratory

MARCELA BENITEZ

The Social Cognition and Primate Behavior Lab examines how primates make important social decisions, what underlying factors impact these choices, and why these decisions are adaptive. We tackle these questions from an evolutionary and comparative perspective while utilizing a mechanistic approach, through the integration of behavioral observations and experimental paradigms on wild monkeys at our field station, Capuchins de Taboga, in Costa Rica, and the assessment and manipulation of hormones, at our endocrine lab at Emory.

Lab Website

Visual Scholarship Initiative

The Visual Scholarship Initiative (VSI) was started in 2006 by a small group of graduate students at Emory University. It quickly established itself on the Emory campus as a place where students from different departments could meet to share work and explore the creative possibilities of scholarly practice.

VSI Website