The Mission of the Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience is two-fold. One major focus is to investigate the biology of human social behavior, including cooperative behavior and parental behavior using genetic, epigenetic, pharmacologic, hormonal and neuroimaging methods.
A second goal is to advance our understanding of hominin brain evolution through comparing the brains of modern humans with non-human primate brains using a variety of non-invasive structural and functional brain imaging technologies.
As a research laboratory in Emory University’s Anthropology Department we study topics such as:
The neural basis of empathy
Paternal care in humans.
The Neural and biological aspects of caregiving