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Harold GouzoulesProfessor


Dr. Gouzoules received his B.Sc. in Animal Behavior from McGill University in 1970. He completed his Master's degree in Psychology at the University of Georgia in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1980. From 1980-1983 he was a postdoctoral fellow in Peter Marler's lab at the Rockefeller University. Dr. Gouzoules joined the Emory faculty in Fall, 1984.


Research Interests

Animal behavior; primate social behavior and communication; primate vocal communication; recruitment of support in agonistic interactions; the evolution and ethology of screams in human and nonhuman primates.

Research Areas

Psychology of Screams - Youtube

Psychology of Screams - Emory Report

Current Projects

  • Recruitment of support in primate agonistic encounters and its impact on reconciliation.
  • The evolution of skeptical responding in monkeys.
  • Applications of fuzzy logic to nonhuman primate communication systems.
  • Evolution and ethology of screams in human and nonhuman primates.


  • PSYC/BIO 320: Animal Behavior
  • PSYC/BIO 440W: Animal Communication
  • PSYC 530: Primate Social Behavior
  • PSYC 552: Psychobiology Proseminar: Animal Behavior and Evolution
  • PSYC 775R: Neuroscience & Animal Behavior Seminar


Selected Publications

  • Engelberg, J. W., Schwartz, J. W., & Gouzoules, H. (2021). The emotional canvas of human screams: patterns and acoustic cues in the perceptual categorization of a basic call type. PeerJ, 9, e10990.
  • JW Schwartz, JWM Engelberg, H Gouzoules (2020). Evolving views on cognition in animal vocal communication: Contributions from scream research. Animal Behavior and Cognition 7 (2), 192-213.
  • JW Schwartz, JWM Engelberg, H Gouzoules (2020). Was That a Scream? Listener Agreement and Major Distinguishing Acoustic Features. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior 44, 233–252.
  • JWM Engelberg, H Gouzoules (2019). The credibility of acted screams: implications for emotional communication research. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 72, 1889-1902.
  • JWM Engelberg, JW Schwartz JW, H Gouzoules. (2019). Do human screams permit individual recognition? PeerJ 7:e7087
  • JW Schwartz, JW Engelberg, H Gouzoules. (2019). What is a scream? Acoustic characteristics of a human call type. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 145, 1776-1776.
  • JW Schwartz, H Gouzoules (2019). Decoding human screams: perception of emotional arousal from pitch and duration. Behaviour 156, 1283-1307.
  • H Gouzoules, S Gouzoules (2011). The conundrum of communication. In: Primates in Perspective, 2nd edition (eds.: C. J. Campbell, A. Fuentes, K. C. MacKinnon, S. K. Bearder and R.M. Stumpf). Oxford University Press.
  • JMB Fugate, H Gouzoules, LF Barrett (2010). Reading chimpanzee faces: Evidence for the role of verbal labels in categorical perception of emotion. Emotion 10, 544–554.
  • JMB Fugate, H Gouzoules, LC Nygaard (2008). Recognition of rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) noisy screams: evidence from conspecifics and human listeners. American Journal of Primatology 70, 594-604.
  • H Gouzoules (2005). Monkeying around with symbolism: are vocalizations simple symbols … or more like cymbals? In: Symbol Use and Symbolic Representation: Developmental and comparative perspectives. ed. L. Namy, pp. 245-265. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishing.
  • AS Pollick, H Gouzoules, FBM de Waal (2005). Audience effects on food calls in captive brown capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). Animal Behaviour 70, 1273-1281.