Jocelyne Bachevalier

Emeritus Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology

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Department of Psychology

Emory University
36 Eagle Row

Atlanta, GA 30322


Dr. Bachevalier received a Doctorate Degree in Psychophysiology from the University of Paris in 1975 and a Ph. D. in Clinical Sciences from the University of Montreal in 1981. She was a Visiting Scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda (MD) until 1991 and then took a position of Professor in Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Texas-Houston. She joined the Emory faculty in Summer, 2004.


Neural substrates underlying the development of learning and memory functions and the regulation of socioemotional behaviors in non-human primates. An important facet of the research has been to relate basic findings in non-human primates to normal development of cognitive functions in children and to abnormal human behavior, such as autism, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders.

Studies use a combination of newly designed behavioral tasks to test episodic-like memory processes, decision-making abilities, and emotional regulation in infant and adult monkeys as well as observations of social skills in semi-naturalistic environment, selective MRI-guided neurotoxic lesions and neurochemical deactivations, neuroimaging techniques (structural MRI, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, and Spectroscopy), and neuroanatomical procedures to assess brain reorganization following neonatal brain lesions. 

More recent studies included development of hippocampal-prefrontal interactions in adolescent monkeys, and cycles of social contingency: pivotal transitions that shape brain-behavior development in monkeys.