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November was Milestone Month!  Two theses and a dissertation all finished. 

Liz Haseltine successfully defended her Masters thesis titled “For the sake of curiosity: Do monkeys choose to view counterfactual information when there is no benefit?” 

Joey McKeon successfully defended his Masters thesis titled “Self-directed learning in nonhuman primates.” 

Dr. Brooke Jackson successfully defended her doctoral dissertation. It was titled “Investigating exposure learning of family-resemblance categories.” Brooke will be remaining at the LRC and GSU, starting a postdoctoral position in January.  Congrats to all of them!


A very successful Psychonomics Meeting in 2023 for COMIC Lab.  Brooke Jackson, Andres Sanchez, Joey McKeon and Liz Haseltine all presented posters, and Mike Beran gave a talk about metacognition and offloading in children.  Some photos below:










The COMIC lab was well-represented at this year’s Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference.  We had two posters at PURC, and Dara’s poster was awarded 2nd place overall in the Best Presentation category.  Congrats to all of the co-authors!


Another successful STEAM night at Spark Elementary where Liz Haseltine, Kathleen Friedlein, and Katarina Syed gave demonstrations on visual and cognitive illusions.




Congrats to Dara Jonkoski who completed the Brains & Behavior Summer Scholars Program at GSU where she engaged in STEM training and collected her own data on delay of gratification in capuchin monkeys.  She presented that work at the Research Symposium in August.

Congratulations to Dr. Audrey Parrish, who received the APA Division 6 Early Career Investigator Award. She was invited to give a lecture at the annual convention of the APA in Washington DC in August.


A blog on the Psychology Today website covered the research by Molly Flessert about face pareidolia in children and monkeys.  The article is here

Mike Beran has started his term as Chief Editor of the Journal of Comparative Psychology. Click here for a story highlighting this

Congratulations to Dr. Maisy Englund, who graduated in May after completing her doctoral dissertation on the status quo bias in lemurs and monkeys. She has had an outstanding graduate career, and COMIC lab is very excited to see all that comes next for her!








The COMIC lab enjoyed the Comparative Cognition Conference in April.  Joey and Liz presented their research at the meeting.







Kathleen Friedlein presenting at GSURC, the Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference. 





The COMIC lab was well-represented at the SEPA conference in New Orleans.  Excellent presentations by Joey McKeon and Kathleen Friedlein. 

Nothing helps celebrate Pi Day better than having Pie day, and of course that comes with a pie eating contest. The COMIC PI remains the undefeated champ of Pi day by eating Pi(e) the fastest!

So, this one time, Liz had the idea that we should all see just how far we could go in the LRC version of the Hot Ones.  Here is the LRC group BEFORE starting.  The After pics are not pretty, a lot of panting, chugging of milk (and sour cream, and yogurt, and who knows what else!).

What better way to bring a lab together than to put them on a doomed island with only an hour to escape?  Which was FAR more than we needed!

Congratulations to Kathleen Friedlein who won 3rd place at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference in November! Kathleen presented ongoing work looking at prospective and retrospective confidence wagers by monkeys. Way to go Kathleen!

Mike Beran and Bennett Schwartz edited the volume Primate Cognitive Studies, highlighting recent research in primate cognition conducted in laboratories, zoos, sanctuaries, and the field. Numerous LRC faculty and past students and collaborators are included in the volume, sharing their work at the LRC and in other settings.