Caroline Horton

Caroline Horton
  • Social Sciences Building, Room 210 9500 Gilman Drive #0532 La Jolla, CA 92093-0532
Caroline received her B.A. at UC Berkeley with majors in Integrative Biology and Anthropology. While her initial goal was a career as a neurologist, she fell in love with biological anthropology the first semester of her freshman year in an Introduction to Biological Anthropology class, and has been hooked ever since. She spent her undergraduate research time studying hominin remains in Dr. Tim White’s Human Evolution Research Center, working on projects ranging from foramen magnum evolution, prehistoric osteochondrodystrophies, and damage of synchrotron scanning techniques on ancient fossil hominin remains. She united her love of the brain and hominin evolution with a graduate education in cognitive neuroscience, where she works under Dr. Katerina Semendeferi in the Laboratory of Human and Primate Comparative Neuroanatomy. Her research interest lies in the evolution of the social brain, and seeks to elucidate the neural correlates for the socio-emotional behavior and cognitive processing involved in social relationships that define human uniqueness. Her methods include comparative work between postmortem tissues of subjects with neuropathologies defined by a unique social phenotype and typically developing individuals, as well as comparisons with other postmortem ape tissue.

Anthropology