Kate Talbot, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Years in Lab: 2016 - present 

I earned my B.S. in Biology at Florida State University and completed my M.S. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences at Georgia State University. Broadly, I am interested in what information individuals acquire about their social environment and how that information is processed and stored in the mind. I approach my research from a comparative and evolutionary perspective and have investigated such behavior in a number of primate species. My dissertation research focused on face recognition and the role of familiarity in capuchin monkeys and extended the use of facial stimuli to address questions of social knowledge. Currently, I am postdoctoral research scientist at the California National Primate Research Center’s Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit. I am working on a collaborative biobehavioral project lead by Dr. Karen Parker (Stanford University) with investigators Dr. John Capitanio (UC Davis) and Dr. Elliott Sherr (UC San Francisco) examining naturally occurring low-sociability in rhesus monkeys as a model for the core social deficits seen in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In my future research, I would like to focus on the social, cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying face recognition in high and low-social monkeys, ASD patients, and neurotypical individuals. 

Awards and Accomplishments: 

  • 2016   Richard Morrell Outstanding Graduate Student in Psychology Award
  • 2015   Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award
  • 2014   Georgia State University Dissertation Grant
  • 2013   American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award
  • 2012   Rumbaugh Grant-in-Aid
  • 2011   National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2010   Bailey A. Wade Fellowship (Outstanding 1st Year Graduate Student in Psychology)