About Us

Who We Are

We are the Comparative Cognition Lab at the University of California, San Diego, most interested in human sociality: How it develops through ontogeny (development), what makes human social life possible and sustainable (cognitively, emotionally, behaviorally), and how similar it is to the social life of other animals. Comparative cognition offers a way to determine which socio-cognitive skills are uniquely human, and to what degree there is continuity between our human abilities and those of our closest relatives (the great apes) — and other non-human animals.¬†Through this work, we can explore the evolutionary origins of the human mind.

CCL organizes interdisciplinary research aimed at studying the cognitive behavior and abilities of children, adults, and a variety of non-human animals.

Where is the lab located?

The Comparative Cognition Lab is located in room 217, on the 2nd floor of the Cognitive Science Building at the University of California, San Diego.

UCSD mailing address:

9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093