Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Emily Messer

Post Doctoral ResearcherPh.D., University of St Andrews

Postdoctoral Researcher, EVO Learn Lab



Emily Messer is a postdoctoral researcher in the EVO Learn Lab. She is working on an NSF-funded project examining cultural variation in social learning and cultural transmission (PI, Dr. Legare). Emily graduated from The University of Dundee in the U.K. with a BSc Hons in biology and then went on to do a Ph.D. at the University of St Andrews in the U.K. in psychology and neuroscience; her thesis investigated social learning and social behaviour in capuchin and squirrel monkeys. Since finishing her Ph.D. in 2014, she has done postdocs at The University of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University in the U.K., working with capuchin monkeys, chimpanzees, and children. Emily is a primatologist and a keen science communicator with research interests in social behaviour, learning, culture, and prosociality.

"I am a primatologist, broadly interested in studies of behavioural ecology in humans and non-human primates. My main research interests are in social behaviour, traditions, and culture. In particular, I am interested in how social aspects of behaviour impacts the spread of behavioural variants in primates. My research has included studies with children, monkeys and apes (see Research for more details)."

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