benBen Basile, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
National Institute of Mental Health
Laboratory of Neuropsychology

Contact information:
Building 49, Room B1B75
49 Convent Drive MSC 4415
Bethesda, MC 20892-4415

Phone: 301-443-7446

Research Interests:
My research answers questions about memory and cognition in nonhuman primates. Specifically, I focus on memory awareness, recollection, rehearsal, and other types of cognitive control. My goal is to help determine the structure of nonhuman primate memory, to identify circumstances under which nonhuman primates do and do not exert top-down control over their cognition, and to identify the brain areas that are necessary to support these cognitive processes.

Education and Training:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Emory University, 2013. Dissertation title: Recollection and familiarity in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta)
  • M.A. in Psychology, Emory University, 2009. Thesis title: Development of a recall memory test for rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta)
  • Post-bac IRTA, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, NIMH, 2003-2005
  • B.A. in Psychology and Media Studies, Carleton College, 2002
  • Research Assistant, Carleton College, 2000-2002

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


  • Basile, B.M., Schroeder, G.R., Brown, E.K., Templer, V.L, & Hampton, R.R. (in press). Evaluation of seven hypotheses for metamemory performance in rhesus monkeys. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
  • Basile, B.M. & Hampton, R.R. (2014). Metacognition as discrimination: Commentary on Smith et al. (2014). Journal of Comparative Psychology., 128(2): 135-137. DOI: 10.1037/a0034412.
  • Anderson, L.M., Basile, B.M., & Hampton, R.R. (2013). Dissociation of visual localization and visual detection in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Animal Cognition. DOI 10.1007/s10071-013-0699-7
  • Basile, B.M. & Hampton, R.R. (2013). Recognition errors suggest fast familiarity and slow recollection in rhesus monkeys. Learning and Memory, 20: 431-437 .
  • Basile, B.M. & Hampton, R.R. (2013). Dissociation of active working memory and passive recognition in rhesus monkeys. Cognition, 126: 391-396. DOI:10.1016/j.cognition.2012.10.012.
  • Basile, B.M. & Hampton, R.R. (2013). Monkeys show recognition without priming in a classification task. Behavioural Processes, 93 (2013), 50– 61. DOI:10.1016/j.beproc.2012.08.005.
  • Gazes, R.P., 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. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-012-0585-8
  • Basile, B.M. & Hampton, R.R. (2011). Monkeys recall and reproduce simple shapes from memory. Current Biology. 21(9): 774-778. Erratum.
  • Paxton, R., Basile, B.M., Adachi, I., Suzuki, W.A., Wilson, M., & Hampton, R.R. (2010). Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) rapidly learn to select dominant individuals in videos of artificial social interactions between unfamiliar conspecifics. Journal of Comparative Psychology. 124(4), 395-401.
  • Basile, B.M. & Hampton, R.R. (2010). Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) show robust primacy and recency in memory for lists from small, but not large, image sets. Behavioural Processes. 83, 183-190.
  • Basile, B.M., Hampton, R.R., Suomi, S.J. & Murray, E.A. (2009). An assessment of memory awareness in tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). Animal Cognition. 12(1), 169-180.
  • Basile, B.M., Hampton, R.R., Chaudhry, A.M. & Murray, E.A. (2007). Presence of a privacy divider increases proximity in pair-housed rhesus monkeys. Animal Welfare. 16, 37-40.
  • Neiworth, J.J., Steinmark, E., Basile, B.M., Wonders, R., Steely, F. and DeHart, C. (2003). A test of object permanence in a New World monkey species, cotton top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). Animal Cognition. 6, 27-37.
  • Neiworth, J.J., Burman, M.A., Basile, B.M., and Lickteig, M.T. (2002). Use of experimenter-given cues in visual co-orienting and in an object-choice task by a new world monkey species, cotton top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). Journal of Comparative Psychology. 116, 3-11.