Claudio Cantalupo

Phone:  (864) 656-4978
Office:  410-D Brackett Hall


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Emory University, 2001-2004)
  • PhD:  Biopsychology (University of Memphis, 2000)
  • MS: General Psychology (University of Memphis, 1998)
  • BS:  Experimental Psychology (University of Padua, Italy, 1994)

Research Interests:

  • Evolution of laterality and cerebral asymmetry in vertebrates
  • Neuroanatomical substrates of vocal and gestural communication in nonhuman primates
  • Functional correlates of neuroanatomical asymmetry of language-area homologs in nonhuman primates
  • Implementation of structural magnetic resononance imaging (MRI) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) techniques with human and nonhuman primates

Selected Publications:

  • Cantalupo, C. & Hopkins, W.D. (in press). The cerebellum and its contribution to complex tasks in higher primates: a comparative perspective. Cortex.
  • Cantalupo, C., Oliver, J., Smith, J., Nir, T., Taglialatela, J., and Hopkins, W.D. (2009). The chimpanzee brain shows human-like perisylvian asymmetries in white matter. European Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 431- 438.
  • Cantalupo, C., Freeman, H., Rodes, W., & Hopkins, W.D. (2008). Handedness for tool use correlates with cerebellar asymmetries in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Behavioral Neuroscience, 122, 191-198.
  • Hopkins, W. D., & Cantalupo, C. (2008). Theoretical speculations on the evolutionary origins of hemispheric specialization. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 233-237.
  • Hopkins, W. D., Russell, J., & Cantalupo, C. (2007).  Neuroanatomical correlates of handedness for tool use in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): Implication for the evolution of language.  Psychological Science, 18, 971-977.
  • Cantalupo, C., Pilcher, D., & Hopkins, W.D. (2003). Are planum temporale and Sylvian fissure asymmetries directly related? An MRI study in great apes. Neuropsychologia, 41, 1975-1981.
  • Cantalupo, C., & Ward, J.P. (2002). Function of head-cocking in the small-eared bushbaby (Otolemur garnettii). International Journal of Primatology, 23, 203-221.
  • Cantalupo, C., & Hopkins, W.D. (2001). Asymmetric Broca’s area in great apes. Nature, 414, 505.

Awards and Honors:

  • Officially granted Permanent Resident Status by the Government of the United States of America on the basis of Outstanding Achievements in Research (USCIS category E17 – Outstanding Professor or Researcher) (2008)
  • Emerging Scholar Award, College of Business and Behavioral Sciences, Clemson University (2007)
  • Richard M. Griffith Award, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (2003)
  • Brenda A. Milner Award, American Psychological Association Division 6 (2002)
  • Grant reviewer for National Science Foundation
  • Grant reviewer for the Italian Bureau of Education, University and Research

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Society of Primatologists
  • International Society of Primatology
  • Society for Computers in Psychology
  • Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • PSYCH 324: Physiological Psychology
  • PSYCH 325: Physiological Psychology Lab
  • PSYCH 422: Sensation and Perception
  • PSYCH 426: Advanced Physiological Psychology
  • PSYCH 490/491/497/498: Supervise Undergraduate Research