Julia Watzek

I am currently a PhD student in the Cognitive Sciences programme at Georgia State University working with Dr. Sarah Brosnan.

For my master's, I'm studying how seemingly irrational behaviour is optimal under certain conditions, leading to maximum benefits over costs. I'm planning to compare such illogical behaviour in several primate species (children, adult humans, capuchin monkeys, and rhesus monkeys). Another line of work explores the role of social relationships and unequal outcomes on cooperation in groups of capuchin monkeys.

Previously, I worked with Dr. Frans de Waal at the Living Links Center for the Advanced Study of Ape and Human Evolution. While there, I managed three groups of chimpanzees and conducted behavioural tests of their social cognition as well as observational studies.

I earned a BS in Psychology for an experimental study on the understanding of discrete probabilities in chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas, which I carried out at the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center in Leipzig, Germany. I had the opportunity to work in the field for a year as well—as a research assistant on the Inkawu Vervet Project in South Africa, which focused on different aspects of vervet monkey behaviour, including social learning and inter-group encounters.

I am also responsible for maintaining this website. Please let me know if you encounter any problems such as broken links, random code, or visually unappealing page layouts.

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