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Robert HamptonSamuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology


Dr. Hampton received his B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College in 1988. He did his graduate work in Psychology at the University of Toronto, completing his Ph.D. in 1995. He continued his training at the National Institute of Mental Health as a Training Fellow from 1996 to 2000 and a Research Fellow from 2000 to 2004.


Research Interests

Comparative psychology of nonhuman primates and birds. Neurobiology of learning, memory, and metacognition in nonhuman primates.

Research Areas

The Laboratory of Comparative Primate Psychology studies cognition generally, with a focus on memory and metacognition. We study these topics using computerized tests with monkeys in the laboratory and in large social groups at the Emory National Primate field station, and with apes at Zoo Atlanta. We also study cognition in free-living wild birds using similar technology.


  • PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology I
  • PSYC 385: Coyotes, Raccoons, & Opossums: Behavior, Evolution, Cognition & Co-Existence
  • PSYC 553: Comparative Perception, Cognition & Learning
  • PSYC 730R: Mechanisms of Learning