Kimberley Phillips, Ph.D. | Trinity University
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Kimberley Phillips, Ph.D.

Selected Publications

  • Phillips, K.A., Stimpson, C.D., Smaers, J.B., Raghanti, M.A., Jacobs, B., Popratiloff, A., Hof, P.R., & Sherwood, C.C. (2015). The corpus callosum in primates: Processing speed of axons and the evolution of hemispheric asymmetry. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282 20151535; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1535. Published 28 October 2015
  • Verendeev, A., Thomas, C., McFarlin, S.C., Hopkins, W.D., Phillips, K.A., & Sherwood, C.C. (2015). A comparative analysis of Meissner corpuscles in the fingertips of humans and other primates. Journal of Anatomy, 227(1): 72-80.
  • Phillips, K.A., Hambright, M.K., Hewes, K., Schilder, B.M., Ross, C.N., Tardif, S.D. (2015). Take the monkey and run. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 248: 27-31.

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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

  • President-elect, American Society of Primatologists
  • Faculty Senate