emilyEmily Brown, M.A.

Graduate Student, Emory University Department of Psychology and Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Contact information:
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
954 Gatewood Road
Atlanta GA 30329

Phone: 404-727-9619
Fax: 404-727-8088
E-mail: emily.brown@emory.edu

Education and Training:

  • M.A. in Psychology, Emory University, 2014.
  • Research Specialist, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, 2008-2012.
  • B.A. in Psychology, Vassar College, 2006.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

Generally, I am interested in comparative cognition and behavior. I am particularly interested in examining which cognitive capacities are shared across species. Currently, I study metacognition in rhesus monkeys (go here to learn more, read scientific articles, and watch a video of a monkey doing a metacognitive task). Metacognition has traditionally been considered uniquely human, and has often been studied using methods that can be vague and hard to quantify. Using the rigorous, behavior-based approach of comparative cognition allows us to describe apparently metacognitive behavior in more concrete terms, addressing its basic, underlying mechanisms. Examining the underpinnings of “complex cognition” through animal research allows for a better understanding of both human and nonhuman cognition.

Publications:

  • Brown E.K., Templer, V.L., & Hampton, R.R.(2017). An assessment of domain-general metacognitive responding in rhesus monkeys. Behavioural Processes, 135, 132-144. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2016.12.004
  • 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., Schroeder, G.R, Brown, E.K., & Hampton, R.R. (in prep). Rhesus
    monkeys demonstrate memory awareness by selectively seeking information
    when ignorant in a computerized foraging task.
  • 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
  • Brown, E.K. & Cleaveland, J.M. 2009. An application of the active time model to multiple concurrent variable-interval schedules, Behavioural Processes, 81, 250–255.

Poster Presentations:

  • Brown, E.K., Templer, V.L., Hampton, R.R. 2013, March. Comparison of prospective and concurrent metamemory judgments in Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition. Melbourne Beach, FL.
  • Brown, E.K., Templer, V.L., Hampton, R.R. 2012, August. Rhesus monkeys (Macaca
    mulatta) generalize metacognitive responding across perceptual and memory tests. Emory University Department of Psychology Annual Research Festival. Atlanta, GA.
  • Paxton, R., Brown, E.K., Basile, B.M., Hampton, R.R. 2011, August. Automated cognitive test performance by monkeys in laboratory and large semi-natural social groups. Emory University Department of Psychology Annual Research Festival. Atlanta, GA.
  • Paxton, R., Brown, E.K., Basile, B.M., Hampton, R.R. 2011, July. Automated cognitive test performance by monkeys in laboratory and large semi-natural social groups. Behavior 2011, Bloomington, IN.
  • Brown, E.K., Cleaveland, J.M., 2008, May. A model for choice behavior under concurrent variable interval schedules. Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior. Chicago, IL.

 

 

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