Reggie Gazes wears a black sleeveless shirt and stands against the railing of a staircase outdoors on campus with a red brick building behind her.

Reggie Gazes

Associate Professor of Psychology, Animal Behavior
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About Reggie Gazes

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 216: Research Methods in Psychology
  • ANBE 266: Animal Behavior
  • PSYC 203: Learning
  • ANBE/PSYC 296: Advanced Research Methods in Animal Behavior
  • PSYC 293: Advanced Research Methods in Learning
  • ANBE/PSYC 372: Comparative Cognition
  • ANBE/PSYC 319/380: SciComm: Communicating Science to Non-Scientists

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 (human and non-human) 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.

Comparative Cognition & Behavior at Bucknell Lab

Selected Publications

* indicates Bucknell student coauthors

Berhane, J.F.* & Gazes, R.P. 2020. Social monkeys learn more slowly: Social network centrality and age are positively related to learning errors by capuchin monkeys (Cebus [Sapajus] apella). Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Schrock, A.E.*, Leard, C.*, Lutz, M.C.*, Meyer, J.S., & Gazes, R.P. 2019. Aggression and social support predict long-term cortisol levels in captive tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus [Sapajus] apella). American Journal of Primatology. 81(7).

Gazes, R.P., Lutz, M.C.*, Meyer, M.J., Hassett, T.C., & Hampton, R.R. 2019. Influences of demographic, seasonal, and social factors on automated touchscreen computer use by rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) in a large naturalistic group. PLOSOne. Apr 24;14(4):e0215060.

Gazes, R.P., Diamond, R.F.L., Hope, J.M., Caillaud, D., Stoinski, T.S., & Hampton, R.R. 2017. Spatial representation of magnitude in gorillas and orangutans. Cognition, 168, 312-319.

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.

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