Laurie Santos, PhD (Harvard University) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the Director of Yale University’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory. Her research explores the evolutionary origins of human cognition by studying the cognitive capacities present in non-human primates. She has investigated a number of topics in comparative cognition including primates, understanding of others, minds, the origins of irrational decision-making, and the evolution of prosocial behavior.
Dr. Santos is the recipient of Yale University’s Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences, the APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions to Psychology, Yale University’s Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Junior Faculty, and the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for Outstanding Contributions to Interdisciplinary Research. She was recently voted one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10″ Young Minds.