victoriaVictoria Templer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Providence College

Contact information:
1 Cunningham Square
Psychology Department
Providence, RI 02918 USA

Phone: 401-865-1000

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

Generally, I am interested in memory, cognition, and brain evolution. My goal is to help determine the cognitive mechanisms and neural substrates of different memory systems in the brain. Because there are separable memory systems, and not all types of memory exist or function similarly in all species, I am particularly interested in mapping the memory systems of other species, especially non-human primates. The answers to these research questions inform our understanding of the evolution of cognitive and memory systems, and provide some of the fundamental knowledge necessary for others to treat and prevent memory disorders. In the Laboratory of Comparative Primate Cognition, I am currently examining the extent to which nonhuman primates exhibit functional and structural parallels to human explicit memory. This research answers questions about memory awareness, cognitive mechanisms underlying three different tests of memory for order, and the degree to which the hippocampus is necessary for these types of order memory.

Education and Training:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Emory University, 2014. Dissertation title: Memory for order in monkeys (Macaca mulatta)
  • M.A. Department of Psychology, Emory University, 2008. Thesis title: Memory monitoring in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta)
  • Research Assistant, Franklin & Marshall College, 2003-2007
  • B.A. in Neuroscience, Animal Behavior, and Cognitive Science, Franklin & Marshall College, 2007

Current Areas of Research:


Basile, B.M., *Schroeder, G.R., Brown, E.K., Templer, V.L., Hampton, R.R. (submitted) Evaluation of seven hypotheses for metamemory performance in rhesus monkeys  

Templer, V.L., Hampton, R.R. (2013) Episodic memory in nonhumans. Current Biology, 23 (17). doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.07.016  

Templer, V.L., Hampton, R.R. (2013) Mechanisms for order in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Hippocampus, 23:193-201. doi: 10.1002/hipo.22082  

Templer, V.L., Hampton, R.R. (2012) Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) show robust evidence for memory awareness across multiple generalization tests. Animal Cognition, 15 (3): 409-419. doi: 10.1007/S10071-011-0468-4  

Templer, V.L., Gazes, R. P., Hampton, R.R. (in prep) Memory for ordinal position in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta)  

Templer, V.L., Brown, E.K., Hampton, R.R. (in prep) Memory accessibility for unique sequences in monkeys  

Gazes, R. P., Templer, V.L., Hampton, R.R. (in prep) Ordinal transfer between transitive inference and sequential chaining paradigms by rhesus macaques