Robert Hampton

Professor of Psychology

Office: PAIS 369

Phone: 404-727-5853

Fax: 404-727-0372


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Psychology

36 Eagle Row
Emory University

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Dr. Hampton received his B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College in 1988. He did his graduate work in Psychology at 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.

Other Affiliations


  • PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology I: Psychobiology and Cognition
  • Psych 385: Coyotes, Raccoons, & Opossums: Behavior, Evolution, Cognition & Co-Existence
  • Psyc 730: Mechanisms of Learning
  • PSYC 770: Mechanisms of Behavior II


Research Interests

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

Research Areas

Our lab 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 Yerkes field station, and with apes at Zoo Atlanta. We also study cognition in free-living wild birds using similar technology.