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Laurie Santos

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“I’m interested in the smart things that people do and also the dumb things that people do.”


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Laurie Santos is an experimental psychologist who studies monkeys because they’re “like us, without the cultural baggage.”


Laurie is a foot photographer. She has photographed the feet of monkeys, rhinos, and blue-footed boobies. She wore sandals to her interview.


Laurie Santos gives some monkeys money and learns what kind of shoppers they are.

Pictures of Feet

Laurie Santos looks down, points her camera, and finds a new way to see animals.

30 Second Science with Laurie Santos

We give Laurie Santos 30 seconds to describe her science, and she says it feels like speed-dating.

10 Questions for Laurie Santos

We ask Laurie Santos 10 questions and learn how she scares her students.

Monkey Grandchildren


Blog Posts

Monkeynomics Revisited
The Genius of Accidents
Ask Laurie Your Questions


About Laurie Santos

Laurie is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. She is also the director of Yale’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.