Sheree Watson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Our laboratory conducts behavioral research with Garnett's bushbaby, a small prosiman primate. We study the cognitive, social, and developmental aspects of the species. We offer undergraduates an opportunity to get hands on research in a nonhuman primate laboratory. Undergraduates may receive credit hours as well as authorship on presentations at scientific conferences and on publications in scholarly journals, as appropriate.

Watson, S., Schiff, M., & Ward, J. (1994). The effects of modeling and lineage on fishing behavior in the small-eared bushbaby (Otolemur garnettii). International Journal of Primatology, 15, 507-519.

Watson, S., Ward, J., Izard, K., & Stafford, D. (1996). An analysis of birth sex ratio in captive prosimian species. American Journal of Primatology, 38, 303-314.

Watson, S. & Ward, J. (1996). Temperament and problem solving in the small-eared bushbaby (Otolemur garnetii). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 110, 377-385.

Rushing, P.A., Winders, S.E., Watson, S.L., & Klesges, R.C. (1997). Acute administration of phenylpropanolamine fails to affect resting energy expenditure in normal weight men. Obesity Research, 5, 470 - 473.

Shively, C.A., Watson, S., Williams, J.K., Adams, M.R., & Clarkson, T.B. (1998). Social stress, reproductive hormones, and coronary heart disease risk in primates. In: Orth-Gomer K, Chesney M, Wenger NK (eds.), Women, Stress, and Heart Disease. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Watson, S., Shively C., Kaplan J., & Line S. (1998). The effects of chronic social separation on cardiovascular disease risk factors in female cynomolgus monkeys. Atherosclerosis, 137, 259-266.

Stavisky, R.C., Register, T.C., Watson, S.L., Weaver, D.S., & Kaplan, J.R. (1999). Behavioral responses to ovariectomy and chronic anabolic steroid treatment in the female cynomolgus macaque. Physiology and Behavior, 66, 95-100.

Watson, S., Ward, J., Davis, K., and Stavisky, R. (1999). Scent-marking and cortisol response in the small-eared bushbaby (Otolemur garnettii), Physiology and Behavior, 66. 695-699.


Becker, M., Watson, S., & Ward, J. (1999). Mirror-directed social behaviors of the small eared bushbaby (Otolemur garnettii). International Journal of Primatology, 20, 633-650.

Watson, S.L., Shively, C.A., & Voytko, M.L. (1999). Can puzzle feeders be used as cognitive screening instruments? Differential performance of young and aged monkeys on a puzzle feeder task. American Journal of Primatology, 49, 195-202.

Pan, Y., Anthony, M., Watson, S., & Clarkson, T. (2000). Soy phytoestrogens improve radial arm performance in ovariectomized retired breeder rats and do not attenuate benefits of 17-$ estradiol treatment. Menopause, 7, 230-235.

Stavisky, R., Adams, M., Watson, S., & Kaplan, J. (2001). Dominance, cortisol, and behavior in small groups of female cynomolgus monkeys. Hormones and Behavior, 39, 232-238.

Watson, S., Bingham, W., Stavisky, R., Gray, A., & Fontenot, M. (2003). The effects of parity on reproductive characteristics in Garnett’s bushbaby: A potential framework for sex ratio bias? In: Jones, C. & Wallis, J. (Eds). Sexual Selection and Reproductive Competition in Primates. Norman Oklahoma: American Society of Primatologists.

Stavisky, R., Watson, S., Anthony, M., Manuck, S. Adams, M., & Kaplan, J. (2003). The Influence of estradiol on cortisol secretion in ovariectomized cynomolgus macaques (Macaca fascicularis). American Journal of Primatology, 60, 17-22.

Greer, T, Berman, M., Bobryki, L., Varan, V., Watson, S. (2005). We are a religious people; we are a vengeful people. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion,44, 43-57.

Watson, S., McCoy, J., Stavisky, R., Greer, T., & Hanbury, D. (2005). Cortisol Response to Relocation Stress in Garnett's Bushbaby (Otolemur garnettii). Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science, 44, 22-24.

Fontenot, M., Watson, S., Roberts, K., & Miller, R. (2007). Effects of food preferences and social rank on token exchange and behaviour in tufted capuchin monkeys. Animal Behaviour, 74 (3), 487-496.

Watson, S. & Hanbury, D. (2007). Prosimian primates as models of laterality. In Hopkins, W. D. (Ed.) The Evolution of Hemispheric Specialization in Primates: Special Topics in Primatology, Volume 5. Academic Press: London.

Wallace, D., Jones, C., Watson, S., Williams, P., & Portlock, V. (2007). Knowledge and perceptions of depression in African-Americans. Advocate, 30(3), 1-5.

Watson, S., McCoy, J., Fontenot, M., Hanbury, D., Ward, C. (2009). L-Tryptophan and Correlates of Self-Injurious Behavior in Garnett’s bushbaby. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, 48(2), 185-191.

Hanbury, D., Fontenot, M.B., Highfill, L., Bingham, W., Bunch, D., Watson, S. (2009) Efficacy of auditory enrichment in a prosimian primate (Otolemur garnettii). Lab Animal, 38(4), 122-125.

Highfill, L., Hanbury, D., Kristiansen, R., Kuczaj, S., & Watson, S. (2009). Rating versus coding in animal personality research. Zoo Biology, 28, 1-8.

Smith, J., Greer, T., Sheets, T., Watson, S., (in press). Is there more to Yoga than Exercise? Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

Fontenot, M.B., Musso, M.W., Watson, S.L., Anderson, G. (2010). Characterization of cerebrospinal fluid monoamine metabolites in peripubertal chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Journal of Medical Primatology, 39(1), 24-31.

Hanbury, D., Edens, K., Legg, C., Bunch, D., & Watson, S. (2010). Multiple measures of laterality in Garnett’s bushbaby (O. garnettii), American Journal of Primatology 72:206–216.

Hanbury, D., Edens, K., Legg, C., & Watson, S. (in press). Effects of positive and negative reinforcers on tympanic membrane temperature in bushbabies. Journal of Medical Primatology.