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Kristin E. Bonnie

   Kristin E. BonnieAssociate Professor of Psychology **on sabbatical, and off campus, in 2014-15**
   Office: Center for the Sciences Room 234
   Phone: (608) 363-2026



  PhD (2007) - Neuroscience and Animal Behavior, Emory University
  MA (2003) - Neuroscience and Animal Behavior, Emory University
  BS (1999) - Psychology and Biology, St. Lawrence University

   Introduction to Psychology
   Research Methods and Statistics
   Physiological Psychology
   Cross Cultural Psychology
   Drugs & Behavior
   Animal Cognition

Kristin's research focuses on learning and decision making in non-human primates. An adjunct scientist with the Lester E Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Kristin has been studying the behavior of chimpanzees and gorillas at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo since 2008. More recently, she has also been collaborating with Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf at Franklin and Marshall College to further investigate how capuchin monkeys learn from and with others. Prior to Beloit, Kristin conducted non-invasive observational and experimental research through the Living Links Center of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Recent Publications

Calcutt SE, Lonsdorf EV, Bonnie KE, Milstein MS, & Ross SR. (2014). Captive chimpanzees share diminishing resources. Behaviour, 151(14), 1967-1982. doi: 10.1163/1568539X-00003225

Finestone E, Bonnie KE, Hopper LM, Vreeman VM, Lonsdorf EV, & Ross SR (2014). The Interplay Between Individual, Social, and Environmental Influences on Chimpanzee Food Choices. Behavioural Processes, 105, 71-78.

Bonnie KE, Milstein MS, Calcutt S, Ross SR, Wagner K, & Lonsdorf EV (2012). Flexibility and persistence of chimpanzee foraging behavior in a captive environment. American Journal of Primatology, 74(7), 661-668.

Lonsdorf EV & Bonnie KE (2010).  Opportunities and constraints when studying social learning: Developmental approaches and social factors. Learning and Behavior, 38(3), 195-205. doi:10.3758/LB.38.3.195

Horner V, Proctor D, Bonnie KE, Whiten A, & de Waal FBM (2010).  Prestige affects cultural learning in chimpanzees. PLoS ONE, 5(5): e10625. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010625

de Waal FBM & Bonnie KE (2009). In tune with others: the social side of primate culture. In The Question of Animal Culture (K.N. Laland & B.G. Galef, Eds.). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Bonnie KE & Earley RL (2007). Expanding the scope for social information use. Animal Behaviour, 74, 171-181. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.12.009.

Bonnie KE & de Waal FBM (2007). Copying without rewards: Socially influenced foraging decisions among brown capuchin monkeys. Animal Cognition, 10, 283-292. doi: 10.1007/s10071-006-0069-9.

Bonnie KE, Horner V, Whiten A, & de Waal FBM (2007). Spread of arbitrary conventions among chimpanzees: a controlled experiment. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 274, 367-372. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2006.3733

Bonnie KE & de Waal FBM (2006). Affiliation promotes the transmission of a social custom: handclasp grooming among captive chimpanzees. Primates, 47, 27-34.