Julia Watzek

Graduate Student
Twitter: @juliawatzek

I joined the Living Links Center as a research specialist in 2012. My duties included the management of our three groups of chimpanzees, as well as observational studies and behavioural tests of their social cognition.

Currently, I am a PhD student in the Cognitive Sciences programme at Georgia State University working with Dr. Sarah Brosnan. I continue to investigate the role of social and non-social risk, relationship quality, and inequity on cooperative and prosocial behaviour. My current work at the Language Research Center's Cebus Lab explores capuchin monkeys' inequity responses in a group setting.

I earned a BS in Psychology for an experimental study on the understanding of discrete probabilities in chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas, which I carried out at the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center in Leipzig, Germany. I had the opportunity to work in the field for a year as well—as a research assistant on the Inkawu Vervet Project in South Africa, which focused on different aspects of vervet monkey behaviour, including social learning and inter-group encounters.

I was also responsible for developing and maintaining this website. Please let me know if you encounter any problems such as broken links, random code, or visually unappealing page layouts.

Last updated: Nov 5, 2014