Laurie Santos

What does the "Monkey Whisperer" read at night?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

What is Yale primate psychologist Laurie Santos (DISCOVER Interview) reading? On the filing cabinet by her bed in New Haven, Connecticut, are:

▪ The Squad by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, a graduate student of Santos’s who “doubles as a teen-girl-fiction writer.” The book is about cheerleader CIA agents, Santos says. “It’s awesome. I think all cognitive scientists should read it.”

▪ The stuffed frog she sleeps with

▪ The Freedom Manifesto by Tom Hodgkinson, which Santos describes as a “wonderfully British, philosophical attempt at promoting idleness”

▪ A new iPhone to wake her up in the morning

▪ Watchmen, an apocalyptic graphic novel (“a fancy way of saying it’s a big comic book”) that is due out as a movie in March

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