Benjamin M. Basile
I study memory and cognition in nonhuman primates. The major focus of my research is memory. With these studies, I answer questions about memory awareness, recollection, rehearsal, and different types of cognitive control. A second focus of my research is social cognition. With these studies, I answer questions about when and how primates find social situations vicariously rewarding. I primarily use behavioral manipulations to thoroughly map the comparative psychology of these cognitive processes, and then combine this with selective excitotoxic lesions, or temporary inactivation, to causally identify the supporting brain areas. This research helps us answer fundamental questions about the evolution of primate cognition and functional specializations within the primate brain.