Sara Skiba

Sara Skiba is a first year doctoral student in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at Georgia State University.  Sara graduated with a BS in Psychology and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied the long-term effects of early life stress on macaque behavior and neurodevelopment at the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology. After graduating from UW, Sara went on to be Research Coordinator at the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative (ACCI) in Des Moines, Iowa. Following ACCI, Sara completed a Master of Science in Integrative Biology degree at Kennesaw State University. Her thesis titled “The Adaptive Value of Complex Socio-Communicative Behavior” investigated the relationship between social behavior and communication in bonobos and chimpanzees.

Overall, Sara is interested in how genetic and neuroanatomical factors influence individual differences in behavior, and she intends to study these complex processes in chimpanzees, bonobos, and humans.

Representative Work:

Skiba, S.A., & Taglialatela, J.P. (2017). Evolution of Laterality and Language in Primates. In: Kaas, J (Ed.), Evolution of Nervous Systems, 2, 301–309. Oxford: Elsevier.

Skiba, S. A., & Taglialatela, J. P. (August, 2017). The adaptive value of complex socio-communicative behavior. Oral presentation to be given at the American Society of Primatologists (ASP) annual meeting, Washington, DC.

Skiba, S. A., Taglialatela, J. P., & Hopkins, W. D. (August, 2017). Differences in fractional anisotropy in the inferior frontal gyrus of chimpanzees that do and do not produce attention-getting calls. Poster presented at the joint International Primatological Society (IPS)/American Society of Primatologists (ASP) meeting, Chicago, IL.