Hominoid Psychology Research Group


Director – Dr. Brian Hare

Brian Hare is an associate professor in Evolutionary Anthropology and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (part of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences) He founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group in 2004 after receiving the Sofia Kovalevskaja Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He and the Hominoid Psychology Research Group arrived at Duke in January 2008. In 2009 he started the Duke Canine Cognition Center which is dedicated to the study of dog psychology and the effect of domestication on cognition.



Research Scientist – Vanessa Woods

Vanessa has worked in Congo since 2005, conducting research and outreach activities, as well as serving on the board of Friends of Bonobos, the U.S. charity that supports Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary. Vanessa is the author of Bonobo Handshake, a memoir about her work and time in Congo.