Site last updated on: August 4, 2017

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Welcome to the Comparative Intelligence and Cognition (COMIC) laboratory website!

Our research is focused on learning about and understanding the cognitive abilities, and particularly the cognitive control, exhibited by humans (children and adults) and other species, primarily the great apes and monkey species.  This work is conducted largely at the Language Research Center of Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, but we also work with species at other locations such as the National Zoo in Washington, DC and at Zoo Atlanta. In addition, we work with children in local day care centers, and also in the SUCCESS Lab.

You can learn more about us and our specific research projects using the links at right.  You also can review COMIC lab publications and recent presentations using those links. Please visit the Sites of Interest if you are interested in comparative psychology, animal learning, primates, science in general, or conservation.

Our research is supported by funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (grants RO1HD-061455, PO1HD-060563, and PO1HD-38051), the National Science Foundation (grants BCS - 1552405, BCS - 0924811, BCS 0956993, BCS–0634662, SES-0729244, SES-1123897, SES-1425216), the European Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, and the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University.

Our "research philosophy" in the COMIC lab might best be summarized by the following quote from Edward Tolman in 1959:

“Since all the sciences, and especially psychology, are still immersed in such tremendous realms of the uncertain and the unknown, the best that any individual scientist, especially any psychologist, can do seems to be to follow his own gleam and his own bent, however inadequate they may be. In fact, I suppose that actually this is what we all do. In the end, the only sure criterion is to have fun.”

Click here for an NPR story on chimpanzee research featuring LRC chimpanzees and Dr. Beran

Click here to read a short article from APA about some of our planning research with children, chimps, and monkeys.

Click here to read a short article from APA about some of our metacognition research with capuchin monkeys.

Click here to see a presentation about chimpanzee confidence judgments and metacognition.

Click here to download recent video about monkey metacognition.

Click here for an APA Science Brief about our research on self-control.

Click here for a recent paper about the long-term vocabulary retention of the LRC chimpanzees.

Click here for a short summary of a recent paper about the planning abilities of children, chimpanzees, and monkeys.

Click here for a video about chimpanzees self-control and self-distraction.