Dr. Laurie Santos

Psychologist Dr. Laurie Santos is an expert on human cognition, its origins, and the evolutionary biases that influence our all-too imperfect life choices.

She is a professor of Psychology at Yale University, where she serves as Director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory as well as the Canine Cognition Center, a research facility that studies how dogs think about the world. She teaches one of Yale’s most popular undergraduate courses, Sex, Evolution, and Human Nature.

Dr. Santo obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University. She has been recognized for her outstanding work, winning numerous awards for science, teaching, and mentorship, including the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research.