She graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed her senior honors thesis on mirror self-recognition in rhesus macaques at the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology. She earned her M.A. at Georgia State in 2018, studying perception of scenes in adult humans, rhesus monkeys, and capuchin monkeys.
Her current research interests include studying primate cognition and comparative psychology through research studies with the several non-human primate species at the Language Research Center. This includes study of perception, self-control, learning, and metacognition.
Ms. James completed her Masters thesis in 2018 and it was titled “Remembering more than met the eye: Assessing the mechanisms underlying visual boundary extension in humans (Homo sapiens), rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta), and capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella).” She is currently working on her dissertation which is an assessment of cognitive control across species.