Will Whitham

Will Whitham
Texas A&M University · Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Biology

PhD Psychology

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Introduction
I am a comparative psychologist - someone who studies animal minds to understand how they are similar to and different from our own. I work most closely with apes and monkeys as part of ongoing projects on the evolution of primate eyes. Current projects feature modeling of animal perception, eyetracking of monkeys and apes, and broad focus on deployment of attention to primate social ecology.
Additional affiliations
April 2020 - present
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Position
  • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Education
August 2017 - August 2020
Georgia State University
Field of study
  • Psychology
August 2014 - August 2017
Georgia State University
Field of study
  • Psychology
August 2010 - April 2014
University of Alabama
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (3)
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Eye gaze is an important source of information for animals, implicated in communication, cooperation, hunting and antipredator behaviour. Gaze perception and its cognitive underpinnings are much studied in primates, but the specific features that are used to estimate gaze can be difficult to isolate behaviourally. We photographed 13 laboratory-hous...
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Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) sclera appear much darker than the white sclera of human eyes, to such a degree that the direction of chimpanzee gaze may be concealed from conspecifics. Recent debate surrounding this topic has produced mixed results, with some evidence suggesting that (1) primate gaze is indeed concealed from their conspecifics, and (...
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Probabilistic categorization tasks present the learner with a set of possible responses and imperfect cue evidence of which response will be rewarded. A single, optimal integration of all available cues into an optimal response is possible given any set of evidence. In contrast, there are many possible uses of the cues that offer the learner subopt...