Professor Gazes teaches in the Department of Psychology and the Animal Behavior Program.

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Primate Research, Zoo Atlanta, 2012-2014
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Emory University, 2012
  • B.S., Animal Behavior, Bucknell University, 2004

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 100: Introductory Psychology
  • ANBE 266: Animal Behavior
  • ANBE/PSYC 296: Applied Research Methods in Animal Behavior
  • ANBE/PSYC 372: Evolution of Acquired Behavior

Research Interests

My research program focuses on discovering what evolutionary pressures may have led to the development of cognitive abilities in primates. To answer this question, I explore how socially housed primates learn, remember, and organize information. By comparing cognitive abilities across individuals within a species and between members of closely related species, we can identify factors that have made cognitive skills advantageous and better understand the origins of our own minds and brains.

Selected Publications

Gazes, R. Paxton, Lazareva, O.F., Bergene, C.N. & Hampton, R.R. 2014. Effects of spatial training on transitive inference performance in humans and rhesus monkeys. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition. 40, 477-489.

Gazes, R. Paxton, Brown, E.K., Basile, B.M. & Hampton, R.R. 2012. Automated cognitive testing of monkeys in social groups yields results comparable to individual laboratory based testing. Animal Cognition, 16, 445-458.

Gazes, R. Paxton, Chee, N. & Hampton, R.R. 2012. Cognitive mechanisms for transitive inference performance in rhesus monkeys: Measuring the influence of associative strength and inferred order. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 38, 331-345.

Paxton, R., Basile, B.M., Adachi, I., Suzuki, W.A., Wilson, M.E. & Hampton, R.R. 2010. Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) rapidly learn to select dominant individuals in videos of artificial social interactions. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 124, 395-401.

Paxton, R. & Hampton, R.R. 2009. Tests of planning and the Bischof-Kohler hypothesis in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Behavioural Processes, 80, 238-248.

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