Darby Proctor

I am a post-doctoral researcher with a Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching at Emory University. My research interests are in the decision-making processes of nonhuman primates under circumstances of risk. I use behavioral economics as a platform for which to explore these issues. Currently, I am working on a series of gambling style tasks to elucidate risk preferences in our closest living relative, the chimpanzee. I am particularly interested in how these decision-making processes are influenced by the social dynamics within chimpanzee groups.

In addition to research, I am interested in facilitating better communication between scientists and the public in both formalized (e.g., teaching) and informal (e.g., public outreach) settings.


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Proctor, D., & Brosnan, S.F. (2013). Visual processing speed in capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) and rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 26, 166-175.

Proctor, D., Williamson, R.A., de Waal, F.B.M., & Brosnan, S.F. (2013). Reply to Jensen et al.: Equitable offers are not rationally maximizing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 110 (20):E1838. doi:10.1073/pnas.1304306110

Proctor, D., Brosnan, S.F., & de Waal, F.B.M. (2013). How fairly do chimpanzees play the ultimatum game. Communicative & Integrative Biology. 6 (3), e23819.

Salwiczek, L.H., Prétôt, L., Demarta, L., Proctor, D., Essler, J., Pinto, A.I., Wismer, S., Stoinski, T., Brosnan, S.F., & Bshary, R. (2012). Adult cleaner wrasse outperform capuchin monkeys, chimpanzees and orangutans in a complex foraging task derived from cleaner–client reef fish cooperation. PLoS ONE, 7(11), e49068.

Proctor, D., Williamson, R. A., de Waal, F. B., & Brosnan, S. F. (2013). Chimpanzees play the ultimatum game. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.

Proctor, D. P., (2012).Gambling and Decision-Making Among Primates: The Primate Gambling Task. Psychology Dissertations. Paper 108. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Proctor, D. P., Lambeth, S. P., Schapiro, S. J., & Brosnan, S. F. (2011). Male chimpanzees' grooming rates vary by female age, parity, and fertility status. American Journal of Primatology, n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1002/ajp.20964

Horner, V., Proctor, D., Bonnie, K., Whiten, A., de Waal, F. (2010).Prestige affects cultural learning in chimpanzees. PLoS One, 5(5), e10625.

Proctor, D. and Brosnan, SF. (2011). Political Primates: What Other Primates Can Tell Us about the Evolutionary Roots of Our Own Political Behavior. In Man is by Nature a Political Animal. Ed. R. Mcdermott and P. Hatemi. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

Proctor, D. (2007). Taxon, Site & Temporal Differentiation Using Dental Microwear in the Southern African Papionins. Master’s thesis, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.