Harold Gouzoules

Professor of Psychology

Office: PAIS 389

Phone: 404-727-7444

Fax: 404-727-0372

Email: psyhg@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Psychology

36 Eagle Row
Emory University

Atlanta, GA 30322


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.


  • PSYC / BIO 320: Animal Behavior
  • PSYC / BIO 440S: Animal Communication
  • PSYC 552: Psychobiology Proseminar: Animal Behavior and Evolution
  • PSYC 530: Primate Social Behavior


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.

Psychology of Screams

Currently, I am looking to recruit a graduate student to help with new research on human screams. This work extends and extrapolates from our long-term interests in nonhuman primate screams. These new projects would not preclude related studies on nonhuman primates, but the primary focus is on humans at the present time.

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.


Selected Publications

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.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10919-019-00325-y

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 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7087

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. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0019017

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.

Psychology Today Blog “Our Natural History”



Recent Interviews

On Second Thought; Oct. 31, 2019


NPR SciFri, Science Friday; 05/17/2019


Top of Mind with Julie Rose, BYUradio's satellite channel (Sirius XM 143); Jul 23, 2019