I am a post-doctoral researcher with a Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching. My research interests are in the decision-making processes of nonhuman primates under circumstances of risk. I use behavioral economics as a platform for which to explore these issues. Currently, I am working on a series of gambling style tasks to elucidate risk preferences in our closest living relative, the chimpanzee. I am particularly interested in how these decision-making processes are influenced by the social dynamics within chimpanzee groups.
In addition to research, I am interested in facilitating better communication between scientists and the public in both formalized (e.g., teaching) and informal (e.g., public outreach) settings.
Proctor, D., Williamson, R. A., Latzman, R. D., de Waal, F. B. M., & Brosnan, S. F. (2014). Gambling primates: Reactions to a modified Iowa Gambling Task in humans, chimpanzees and capuchin monkeys. Animal Cognition (17) 983-995.
Proctor, D., Williamson, R. A., de Waal, F. B. M., & Brosnan, S. F. (2013). Chimpanzees play the ultimatum game. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Advance online publication. doi:10.1073/pnas.1220806110
Proctor, D., Williamson, R. A., de Waal, F. B. M., & Brosnan, S. F. (2013). Reply to Jensen et al.: Equitable offers are not rationally maximizing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, E1838. doi:10.1073/pnas.1304306110
Proctor, D., Brosnan, S. F., de Waal, F. B. M. (2013). How fairly do chimpanzees play the ultimatum game? Communicative & Integrative Biology, 6, e23819. doi:10.4161/cib.23819
Proctor, D. & Brosnan, S. F. (2013). Visual processing speed in capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) and rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 26, 166-175.
Salwiczek, L. H., Prétôt, L., Demarta, L., Proctor, D., Essler, J., Pinto, A. I., … Bshary, R. (2012). Adult cleaner wrasse outperform capuchin monkeys, chimpanzees and orangutans in a complex foraging task derived from cleaner–client reef fish cooperation. PLoS ONE, 7, e49068. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049068
Proctor, D. P., (2012). Gambling and decision-making among primates: The Primate Gambling Task. Psychology Dissertations, Paper 108. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Proctor, D. P., Lambeth, S. P., Schapiro, S. J., & Brosnan, S. F. (2011). Male chimpanzees’ grooming rates vary by female age, parity, and fertility status. American Journal of Primatology, 73, 1-8. doi:10.1002/ajp.20964
Proctor, D. & Brosnan, S. F. (2011). Political primates: What other primates can tell us about the evolutionary roots of our own political behavior. In R. Mcdermott & P. Hatemi (Eds.), Man is by nature a political animal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Horner, V., Proctor, D., Bonnie, K. E., Whiten, A., de Waal, F. B. M. (2010). Prestige affects cultural learning in chimpanzees. PLoS One, 5, e10625. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010625
Proctor, D. (2007). Taxon, site and temporal differentiation using dental microwear in the Southern African Papionins. (Master’s thesis). Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Last updated: May 14, 2013