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Kimberley Phillips, Ph.D.

Selected Publications

  • Phillips, K.A., Schaeffer, J.A., & Hopkins, W.D. (2013). Corpus callosal microstructure influences intermanual transfer in chimpanzees. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 7, 135. 
  • Wey, H-Y., Phillips, K. A., McKay, D.R., Laird, A.R., Kochunov, P., Davis, M.D., Glahn, D.C., Duong, T.Q., & Fox, P.T., (2013). Multi-region hemispheric specialization differentiates human from nonhuman primate brain function. Brain Structure and Function. DOI: 10.1007/s00429-013-0620-9. 
  • Phillips, K.A., Schaeffer, J., Barrett, E., & Hopkins, W.D. (2013). Performance asymmetries in tool use are associated with corpus callosum integrity in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): A diffusion tensor imaging study. Behavioral Neuroscience, 127, 106-113. 
  • Phillips, K.A. & Thompson, C.R. (2013). Hand preference for tool use in capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) is associated with asymmetry of the primary motor cortex. American Journal of Primatology, 75, 435-440. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22079.

Research Areas

My research program focuses on understanding the neurological and biological basis of primate behavior, particularly skilled motor actions. Most of my research utilizes capuchin monkeys as a model for these investigations. Capuchins are known for their manual dexterity and manipulative propensities in foraging contexts, making them an excellent model to investigate questions pertaining to behavioral and neural aspects of skilled behavior. We use the non-invasive methods of MRI and DTI for brain imaging, and present various problem-solving tasks to the monkeys to measure motor skill and hand use.

Community Service & Involvement

  • Councilor of the Alamo Chapter, Society for Neuroscience
  • Treasurer, American Society of Primatologists
  • Faculty Senate