Kate Talbot

Kate TalbotI am PhD candidate in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State University working with Dr. Sarah Brosnan. Broadly, my interests lie within social cognition and behavioral economics, both within and outside the Primate Order. Within social cognition, I am particularly interested in how individual discrimination and social knowledge emerge from the foundations of object recognition and social perception. Additionally, I am interested in the perceptual, social and cognitive mechanisms underlying economic decision-making and cooperation in nonhuman primates. I approach these topics from a comparative and evolutionary perspective and have investigated such behavior in a number of primate species including chimpanzees, orangutans, capuchin and squirrel monkeys housed at various facilities including the Language Research Center, the Michael E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research of the UT/MD Anderson Cancer Center and Zoo Atlanta.

Previously, I have worked with Dr. Marilyn Norconk in researching the interaction of saki monkeys (P. pithecia and C. satanas) with seed demography and the impact on pre and post-dispersal seed predation in Suriname. In addition, I have investigated the physiological and psychological sources of stress in adult female blue monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis) in Kenya, focusing on food availability and intraspecific competition with Dr. Steffen Foerster.

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Talbot CF, Mayo L, Stoinski T, & Brosnan SF (2015). Face discriminations by orangutans (Pongo spp.) vary as a function of familiarity. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 1, 172-182. doi:10.1007/s40806-015-0019-3

Talbot CF, Price SA, & Brosnan SF (in press). Inequity responses in nonhuman animals. In C. Sabbagh and M. Schmitt (Eds.), Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research.

Brosnan SF, Talbot CF, Essler J, Leverett K, Flemming T, Dougall P, Heyler C, & Zak PJ (2015). Oxytocin reduces food sharing in capuchin monkeys by modulating social distance. Behaviour, 152, 941-961. doi:10.1163/1568539X-00003268

Brosnan SF, Hopper LM, Richey, Freeman HD, Talbot CF, Gosling SD, Lambeth SP, & Schapiro SJ (2015). Personality influences responses to inequity and contrast in chimpanzees. Animal Behaviour, 101, 75-87. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.12.019

Freeman HD, Sullivan J, Hopper LM, Talbot CF, Holmes AN, Schultz-Darken N, Williams LE, & Brosnan SF (2013). Different responses to reward comparisons by three primate species. PLoS ONE, 8, e76297. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076297

Talbot CF, Freeman HD, Williams LE, & Brosnan SF (2011). Squirrel monkeys' response to inequitable outcomes indicates a behavioural convergence within the primates . Biology Letters. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0211

Brosnan SF, Flemming T, Talbot CF, Mayo L, & Stoinski T (2011). Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) do not form expectations based on their partner's outcomes . Folia Primatologica, 82(1), 56-70. doi: 10.1159/000328142

Brosnan SF, Parrish A, Beran MJ, Flemming T, Heimbauer L, Talbot CF, Lambeth SP, Schapiro S.J., & Wilson B.J. (2011). Comparative economics: Responses to the Assurance game in monkeys, apes, and humans using equivalent procedures . Proc Natl Acad Sci, 108, 3442-3447. doi:10.1073/pnas.1016269108

Brosnan SF, Talbot CF, Ahlgren M, Lambeth SP, & Schapiro SJ (2010). Mechanisms underlying responses to inequitable outcomes in chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes . Animal Behaviour, 79, 1229-1327. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.02.019